Barry Sheene Classic: The rest of the action from Saturday

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RACING returned to Oliver’s Mount today as classic and modern machinery hit the Scarborough circuit in full force.

With a healthy grid of 600s, the Supersports were split up into A, B and C classes and it was the C crew out for just the second race of the weekend.

Tim Walsh converted his pole position into victory in the first Supersport C scrap, leading lights-to-flag to win by some 1.5sec as the battle raged for second and third.

While second-placed Colin Read held a steady gap early on ahead of Paul Drinkwater, it was Aaron Mellish who made a late charge through the field to steal third just 0.6sec adrift of Read.

It looked like a repeat victory as Walsh led the order in race two this afternoon, but Mellish was closing and on the penultimate lap the Morecambe rider made a move, only to be passed back on the final lap as he bagged second 1.4sec back on double winner Walsh while Drinkwater secured third.

CRMC ace Harley Rushton lined up on pole for the Classic A, B & GP 350 opener, but reigning 250GP National champ Jim Hind grabbed a quick getaway and was soon leading the field aboard his TZ250 while veteran Pete Boast was powerless to stop the 20-year-old from winning by almost half a minute.

Chris Moore caught up to Boast late in the race and looked like he could make a move, but the two-stroke man fell just 0.2sec short at the chequered flag as Rushton took the 350 win in fourth.

Hind was back in front in race two with a commanding 2.2sec lead after just one lap, and he continued to extend it all the way to the flag to beat Rhys Hardisty by more than 15sec as Boast took a lone third five seconds further back.

Aran Sadler led the grid off the start of the first Supersport B race but was soon eclipsed by Russel Brook with Tom Robinson just behind. But with Toby Shann on the move up from fourth, Robinson was quickly passed as Shann began to hunt down Sadler in second.

Right in his wheel tracks for much of the six-lapper, Shann watched Sadler make a move on Brook for the lead on the penultimate lap before making his own way past them both as Shann took the win just half a second clear of Sadler.

While Sadler started on pole for race two, it was Rad Hughes who took the lead with Sadler and Brook giving chase, but it took just one lap for Sadler to hit the front as Dan Harrison followed him through the next time around to slot into second.

But Harrison was on a flyer and after clocking the quickest lap of the race at 1’55.791, he crossed the line 1.1sec clear of Sadler and Hughes, only to be slapped with a three-place penalty for cutting Farm Bends which left Sadler to take victory over Hughes and Brook.

Boast was back out on a Honda K1 for the Classic 500 & 750 race and immediately put time between himself and second-placed club front-runner Alan Oversby as Guy Martin slotted into third on his BSA Triple.

But there was no stopping Boast as he powered home to victory by more than 11sec from Oversby to win the 500cc class as Martin snagged third overall and the 750cc spoils.

It was a repeat one-two in this afternoon’s second scrap as Boast bagged another win almost 10sec clear of Oversby, but this time Martin was nowhere to be seen as he retired to the pits as Rushton scored a distant third.

The Non-Qualifiers rounded out Saturday’s action with the final race of the day and it was Classic Superbike-mounted David Murphy who led from lights to flag as he dominated ahead of GSXR750 rider Gary Graves.

Behind, it was a battle of the Twins as Brian Fuidge came home third overall and first of the Supertwin runners with Adrian Skaife and Oliver Dean a few seconds further back.

*Click here for results from the Barry Sheene Classic at Oliver’s Mount

*Image: Steve Gormley

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