OLIVER’s Mount fans were treated to plenty of sunshine as the action came fast and heavy on day one of the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup.
Junior B race spoils went the way of Daniel Frear, after the Scunthorpe rider stormed through from 19th on the grid to take a historic victory.
Frear got a quick getaway at the green light and set about charging through the pack, making up 15 places on the opening lap alone, as Matt Stevenson took the early lead.
By lap four Frear was running second and closing in on the leader, and he hit the front on the penultimate lap, holding position to cross the line 8.838secs ahead of Stevenson, with Owen Graves third.
NL Components/PMH Promotions rider Frear was also out in leg one of the Stu Reed and Phil Mellor Trophy Lightweight/Ultra-Lightweight race aboard a ZXR400, where he took an almost equally-impressive win from Paul Gartland after starting ninth on the grid.
Gartland led the first five of eight laps, but Frear sliced his way through the field and nabbed the lead on lap six before stretching out a two second win at the flag for the overall and Lightweight win. Crossing the line some 35 seconds off the top step, Ian Lougher came home third on his Honda Moto 3 machine and first of the Ultra-Lightweight bikes.
Ivan Lintin reigned supreme in leg one of the Lee Pullan Trophy Super Lightweight race as he took a lights-to-flag victory ahead of Adam McLean and Supertwin ace James Cowton.
From fourth on the grid, the Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki rider launched into the lead from the start and was never seen again.
He powered out to a five-second lead on lap six, but AJB Racing’s Brad Vicars was involved in a crash shortly thereafter, which brought out the red flags and ended the race prematurely with Lintin in the lead ahead of McLean and Cowton.
Stephen Parsons obliterated the pack on his way to a 19-second victory in the Solo Open B race as he powered his ZX10R across the line ahead of ZXR750-mounted Pete Boast and ZX6R rider Neil Bell for an all-Kawasaki podium.
From fourth on the grid, Parsons stormed out front on the start and pulled out an average of over three seconds per lap and was all but untouchable.
In the final race of the day, the Classic Superbike scrap, Barry Evans put Paul Owen’s FZR750 machine on the top step after a lights-to-flag victory where he was never challenged.
Starting just ahead of classics ace Pete Boast on the Suzuki XR69, Manx Grand Prix podium man Evans pulled out a three-second lead on the very first lap and extended his advantage to nearly nine seconds at half distance.
But he backed off and brought the big Yamaha home 6.632 seconds ahead of Boast and GSXR750-mounted Daniel Ingham.