RIDERS braved the rain and slippery conditions at Oliver’s Mount this afternoon as the final day of Gold Cup action roared into life.
After morning delays with mist setting in over the hillside, a depleted grid of Sidecars headed out onto the circuit with only four outfits racing for the day’s opening honours.
Saturday winners John Lowther and Tom Christie looked to have another win in the bag as they powered to an early lead with a few seconds in hand, but Team ARC’s Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie – with a new chain to remedy yesterday’s issue – reeled them back in and made their move on the final lap to steal victory by 0.798sec.
As Lowther and Christie bagged second, Michael Kirkup and Arlo Brown crossed the line third after Greg Lambert and Julie Canipa slipped down the order to finish fourth.
Daniel Forbes led from lights-to-flag to scoop the first Supersport race win of the day in the B class, but it was all action behind as Kieran Brockie and Michael Rees tucked into second and third off the start.
But as Brockie retired, Andrew Fisher jumped up to second and soon after, yesterday’s C race winner Justin Collins looked to be challenging as he moved into third. Collins eventually dropped to fourth, however, and as Forbes cruised to the win, it was Daniel Harrison who came from a few rows back on the grid to pip Fisher for second at the flag.
In the combined 125/400/Moto3 it was Daniel Ingham who hit the front with a three-second lead on the very first lap with Justin Waring leading Phil Harvey and Mark Purslow, but Harvey and Purslow wasted no time in getting ahead of Waring and into the podium spots.
Purslow took just another lap to get ahead of Ingham and from there, it was smooth sailing as he extended a 23sec lead over his fellow 400 rider to clinch the win, leaving Andy Jackson to the final rostrum spot.
After finishing second to Lee Johnston in the weekend’s feature Gold Cup race, Mike Norbury was straight back to business in the 600 A battle less than an hour later with a flawless win, beating Brad Vicars by some 6.6sec while Don Gilbert grabbed third.
Soon after, the 600 C riders hit the grid and just like yesterday, Richard Telford powered to a dominant win by almost 30sec with Lewis Arrowsmith bagging second, holding off Ian Stanford
Barry Furber was the quickest starter in the penultimate race of the day, the Classic Superbikes, but he was soon overhauled by class juggernaut David Bell on his OWO1 who got ahead of Furber on lap four and stretched a 5.388sec margin at the flag to take the win, with Pete Boast coming home third just 1.3sec further adrift.
In the final race of the meeting, the Lightweight scrap, Joey Thompson looked to be in control with a lightning start on the Krämer 690, but it was soon veteran Ian Lougher in control on the unmistakable Paton S1-R, stretching a lead over Vicars and Cowton Racing’s Dom Herbertson.
And while Saturday winner Lougher bolstered his lead to take yet another win and boost his Oliver’s Mount win tally, Vicars held on to take silver as Herbertson settled for third ahead of Mark Purslow and Roddy Taylor.
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