Captivating Supersport action is an absolute guarantee at the final roads meeting of 2017, the 67th Scarborough Gold Cup.
As in the 1000cc races Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison starts a firm favourite for race honours.
Regarded amongst the leading exponents of 600 machinery, the Oliver’s Mount lap record holder has produced many of his most memorable Scarborough displays within the middleweight class.
Anticipated leading challengers to the current ‘King of the Mount’ include rising star Adam McLean.
The MSS/Hotties backed racer has been one of the revelations of the 2017 season.
Most momentous moments of 2017 have included Supersport success at Cookstown and Walderstown. Whilst in June at Scarborough, second place finishes in both 600 encounters at the Cock O’The North Road Races showcased his ever increasing prowess at England’s only real roads venue.
Fellow rising force Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward, has jumped a level this year at all roads courses, including Oliver’s Mount.
Winner of the second 600 race in July’s Barry Sheene Road Race Festival Powered by Suzuki, Jamie is another prime contender for rostrum finishes on Saturday and Sunday.
Others to not discount for top three finishes include Daley Mathison, Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Ivan Lintin, 2014 Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton and new ECTA Racing signing Mike Norbury.
After a spill at Oulton Park on Sunday, Team ILR’s Joe Thompson is battling to be fit for the gold cup. If he’s up to optimum fitness ‘Joey Yorkshire’ is another dark horse for a standout result or two.
Added talented riders on the Supersport entry include Newcomers A/Lightweight Manx GP winners Brad Vicars and Darren Cooper, Davy Morgan, Callum Ward, Craig Neve, Wayne Humble, Dan Frear, Nick Anderson, Stephen Parsons, Owen Graves and the Isle of Man’s Jamie Williams.
Consistently a favourite with competitors, fans, marshals and sponsors, the Supersport 600 races always provide close fought, exciting and pulsating competition at Oliver’s Mount.
Expect no different at the 67th Gold Cup meeting, where the question will be who can stop the on top form Dean Harrison.
Words by Stevie Rial, Image by Charles Robertson.