Eventful start for road race opener at Oliver’s Mount

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Man of the mount Ivan Lintin picked up where he left off last year by winning the first race of the day with his new team.

The current Gold Cup champion, Lintin has since signed for RC Express racing and won the Spring Cup meeting opener (junior race) on his Kawasaki by less than half a second from following Irishman, Lee Johnston.

Driffield’s James Cowton had a storming ride coming from the fourth row of the grid to cross the line in fourth.

It was Cowton versus Lintin again in the superlightweight race with the former finishing seven seconds ahead of Lintin.

But, Guy Martin was the man the crowds had come to see and he didn’t disappoint when he beat Ryan Farquhar, another Oliver’s Mount favourite, in the Spring Cup race A.

The lightweight race was red flagged twice with Alistair Howarth eventually being declared the winner.

All races, with the exception of the sidecar race (won in good time by Dave Molyneux from Conrad Harrison) were cut short by two laps to try and make the running order back after a horrific crash on the first corner during practice.

Irishman Gareth Keys was being checked over in Hull Royal Infirmary this evening after suffering suspected head and back injuries at the Mere in wet conditions following early morning rain.

For the last race of the day, Martin was back out on pole position but pipped by current cock o’ the north champion, Dean Harrison who returns to Scarborough with new team Martrain Yamaha.

Lee Johnston, Ivan Lintin, Ryan Farquhar and James Cowton completed the top six.

The race schedule gets underway tomorrow (Sunday) at 11.30am with the Lightweight class.