3 Wheels return to Oliver’s Mount

The annual “Cock O’ The North Road Races” at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough will be held this coming weekend (24th & 25th June), and many classes are oversubscribed, with some entries unfortunately having to be returned. A full grid of Formula Two Sidecars will be fighting for supremacy in four races over the weekend, with “UK Super 2” points at stake in all of their outings. In addition, the “Robin Daykin Memorial Trophy” will be presented to the overall winners (highest point scorers over the four legs). The current holders – Dave Wallis and Harry Payne – will both be looking to retain the award, but this year line up on separate machines!

Heading the entry are multiple TT and Southern 100 winners Dave Molyneux and Dan Sayle, on their DMR Yamaha-R6. They will be looking to make amends for a disappointing Spring Cup event, where mechanical issues ruled them out of contention. The pair took a podium place in the opening sidecar TT this year, and will be looking to build on this result this weekend.

Race victories were shared equally at the Spring Cup by the father and son team of Steve and Matty Ramsden, who have been regular winners at Scarborough in recent years on their LCR Honda; and Lee Crawford and Jake Lowther (LCR Suzuki), who took their debut wins at the circuit, improving their best laptime to a very competitive 1.56.01. The Ramsdens were running strongly in race two at the TT, before a brake problem lost them time, eventually placing twelfth, winning them a bronze replica. Crawford has had a sporadic season thus far. He has run strongly in A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British Championship events – a dominant win in the torrential rain at Cadwell Park being the highlight – however, reliability problems have hampered his season to date. Teaming up with Lee this weekend will be Harry Payne, who has been competing alongside regular driver Ryan Crowe on the 675 Triumph engined machine with success in a variety of events.

The aforementioned Jake Lowther will be joining up with his brother John (LCR Honda). They have not competed at Scarborough since the “Barry Sheene” meeting last season, but they will be looking to quickly get on terms with the front runners. Jake joined up with Alan Founds for this year’s TT, placing in a fine fourth place in race one, and lapping at over 115mph. The Scunthorpe pairing are having their best season to date in the British Championship, currently lying in joint second place in the standings.

Conrad Harrison and Andy Winkle (Bellas Honda) took seventh place in race one at the TT, and followed it up with a fine third place in race two. Coupled with their results from the Spring Cup, they find themselves at the top of the “UK Super 2” championship standings, with a six point lead over the Ramsdens. Surprisingly, the Spring Cup was the debut Scarborough outing for former TT winner Andy, so with the duo now getting more familiar with the new Bellas machine, they could well find the front running form that Conrad has been renowned for at Oliver’s Mount in recent years.

Scarborough regulars Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa (GLR Honda) currently occupy third place in the championship table, their points being boosted by an excellent seventh place in the second race at the TT, with reliability providing them consistent finishes at the Spring Cup. Another familiar team is Dave Wallis and Scott Hardie (LCR Suzuki), who are capable of running at the front – indeed, Dave took several wins at the “Barry Sheene” event in 2016 with his former passenger. Scott quickly got to grips with the circuit earlier this season, so they will be looking to build on these foundations this weekend.

Dean Lindley and Rob Bell (DMR Suzuki) are having a quiet season, with a more relaxed schedule than many of their peers, and this will only be their third outing of the year. They were running inside the top four all weekend at the Spring Cup, until a minor incident ruled them out of contention – they will be hoping to make amends for that with a more positive meeting this time around. Dave Hirst and Doug Chandler (BHR Honda) are welcome returnees to Oliver’s Mount. It has been four years since Dave last competed at Scarborough, where he was a regular top five finisher. Doug has passengered with several drivers (including Dave at the 2012 “Cock O’The North”), but has been more familiar as a sidecar driver around the circuit in recent years.

Andy Wilby and Paul Lowther (Shelbourne Honda) are a newly formed partnership, and have had some decent results in the F.S.R.A. British F2 Cup Championship so far this year. Andy made his circuit debut at the 2016 Gold Cup meeting; however, Paul has competed with a number of drivers at Oliver’s Mount events for over a decade. The entry is completed by circuit newcomer Mark Saunders, with the experienced Karl Schofield (GLR Honda) alongside him. On a newly constructed outfit, this combination, who only teamed up at the end of last season, have had little development and practice time, but still managed a creditable finish in the second sidecar race at the TT, and they will be looking to quickly get to grips with the demanding parkland circuit this weekend.

Practice gets underway at 9am on Saturday morning, with qualifying following immediately after, around 10.45am. Ten races will be held on Saturday afternoon, along with three parades. Sunday warm ups commence at 9am, with racing beginning at 10.40am. Twelve races are scheduled on Sunday, once again with three parades.

Advance tickets are now all sold and have been dispatched, however tickets are available for sale on the gate: £25 Saturday, £35 Sunday. A reminder that advance weekend  tickets are available for all events at Oliver’s Mount, including the Barry Sheene Classic and Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup, which allow paddock access, and are heavily discounted when bought online.

A further reminder (to competitors), that entries for the Barry Sheene Classic close this Friday (23rd June) – so please submit entries this week, or in person at the circuit on Friday. It is the intention to run F2 and Classic Sidecars at this event, but these classes will only be run if sufficient numbers of confirmed entries are made by Friday.

Word – Tim Langham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo – Dirk Wharton

CROFT 13TH MAY – CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond of the clubs control, the club have been left with no option but to cancel the Coupland Cup Club Road Race meeting being held at Croft Race Circuit on the 13th May 2017.

The Championship and Race Series that had rounds due to run at this meeting, Auto 66 Northern Clubmans Championship & UK Road & Track Race Series, will now be hopefully accommodated at other events later this year.

All competitors and marshals will hear form the club in the coming days.

For any further information please contact the Auto 66 Office on 01723 373000 or email office@auto66.com.

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John Clark on the mend

The Auto 66 Club would like to extend their best wishes to John Clark for a speedy recovery after he suffered a heart attack recently.

John is now out of hospital and on the road to recovery. Annie Wakeford would like to thank everyone for all the cards and messages during this tough time.

Get well soon John. From everyone at Auto 66.

2017 Auto 66 Season Starts this Weekend!

The 2017 Season gets underway for Auto 66 Racing at Cadwell Park on the 18th & 19th March, this weekend.

This meeting has attracted some top riders of the road race world as they test there machines for the up and coming road race events such as the Bob smith Spring Cup, Isle of Man TT and the North West 200. In attendance will be Dan Hegarty and Gavin Lupton, testing there Honda backed Top Gun racing machines. Mick and Mark Goodings, the two brothers from Doncaster, will also see there first outing of the 2017 season. TT Star James Cowton will be testing his 600 and 650 Super twin machines. This is alongside Auto 66 Racing regulars such as Joe Thompson, Paul Marley, Callum Ward, Steve Degnan and the farther and son race team of Adam & Kaine Sheriff.

There isn’t just Solos racing this weekend, there is also a strong sidecar presence. The sidecar entry is led by the one of the fastest rising stars of sidecar racing Lee Crawford. Lee finished second the UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters in 2016 and is looking to go one step further and take the title this year. He will be joined by the fellow Team ARC member John Lowther. John is looking to make a big impact in this years various championships on his Honda backed machine. Auto 66 Regulars Eddy Wright and Greg Lambert will also be in attendance.

There are still a few spaces lift in all classes which will get two 8 lap races a day plus practice and qualifying on the Saturday. For more information ring the office on 01723 373000 or email office@auto66.com.

THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW

The London Motor Show is being held from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th May 2017 at the Battersea Evolution Centre.

Auto 66 members can receive an exclusive 10% discount on tickets for this super event. If you are interested in attending this event and would like the promo code, please contact Alice in the office on 01723 373000.

For more information on the event and to book tickets visit www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk

MARSHALS TRAINING DAY – ROYAL HOTEL

The Auto 66 Marshals Association are holding a training course at the Royal Hotel in Scarborough on Sunday 12th February. Due to the over whelming response, the original location where training was going to be held,  at Oliver’s Mount,  is to small so the committee have decided to move to a larger venue. The Training starts at 10.30 and will last around 2 to 2 & half hours. Anyone is welcome to attend this course, which is a basic training course for new marshals. for more information please ring the office on 01723 373000.

Oliver’s Mount and Yorkshire Air Ambulance Join Forces

Auto 66 are delighted to announce that Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be their recognised charity for the forthcoming race season here at Oliver’s Mount. One of the main events in our 2017 calendar is the ‘Scarborough Festival of Speed’ which will take place over the May bank holiday weekend. A Car and Bike Hill Climb is scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday, including a Classic Car Rally on the Bank Holiday Monday. We are hoping to attract a great number of spectators as their attendance will not only support Auto 66, but the Yorkshire Air Ambulance too, as this is where all of our gate money will be donated.

This weekend will be made even more memorable, as we plan to officially open the Mount’s brand new helipad, something which has been a work in progress for some time now. Although we admire the great work carried out by the team at Yorkshire Air Ambulance on a daily basis, we hope that we will not require them to attend any of our meetings in the future. However, we are all aware of the dangers that come with road racing, particularly around the beast that we call Oliver’s Mount, therefore the helipad will provide a safe landing place should we ever need it.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance will remain as our recognised charity for the whole of 2017. Their representatives will be in attendance at our meetings with collection buckets, so if you see them out and about, please dig deep and support this brilliant charity.

SPRING CUP TICKETS SELLING FAST!

Tickets for the 2017 Spring Cup have been on sale for well over a month now and they are selling out quick! There are now only 190 tickets left and a few camping spaces available. Visit www.oliversmountracing.com to book your tickets or call 01723 373000