Barry Sheene Classic: Preview – Sidecar/Supersport Races
There’s something special about Sidecar racing at Scarborough. Whether it’s how close the racing is, how spectacular the outfit’s look going through Jefferies Jumps, viewing close up the driver, passengers talents, it’s a must for roads fans to witness three wheeling competition at England’s only real roads course.
Various three wheel racing insiders consider Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie, firm favourites for success in all 3 of the weekend’s Sidecar races.
Confirmed to pilot the Suzuki powered Team ARC outfit, that propelled them to a rostrum finish at the Southern 100, it’s going to take faultless, truly world class performances from their fellow competitors to defeat them this weekend.
Anticipated leading challengers to Crawford/Hardie include former TT winners Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle.
Bellas Honda mounted Harrison/Winkle know what it takes to secure top level results at Scarborough, and it wouldn’t at all be a surprise to see them scoop at least one race win during the Barry Sheene Classic.
Added notable confirmed entrants include 2009 Senior Manx GP winner Michael Russell, who’s maiden Scarborough Sidecar racing stint sees him join forces with Tom Bryant.
Others capable of banking include John Lowther/Tom Christie, plus the experienced pairings of Kevin Thornton/David Hainsworth and Brian Alflatt/Aaron Gorman.
Keep an eye as well on newcomers Michael Kirkup/Arlo Brown, who quietly impressed many with their pace, race craft at the Southern 100.
In total 11 crews are set for competitive action at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, which as widely previously mentioned is entering a new enterprising, exciting, prodigious new era.
A nigh on 40 strong batch of Supersport 600 exponents are Scarborough bound for the eagerly awaited Barry Sheene Classic.
Returning to Scarborough for the first time in over three years, eight times International Road Race winner Lee Johnston starts a warm favourite for Supersport success.
Monster Supersport TT Race 1 winner last month, he’s confirmed to pilot the same Ashcourt Racing Yamaha steed that allowed him to complete International Road Racing’s Grand Slam (TT, North West 200, Ulster GP victories).
Currently ninth within this year’s British Supersport Championship, ‘General Lee’ is quietly confident of banking top draw results this weekend.
Others capable of running near the sharp end of the premier class Supersport races include York’s Joe Thompson, who made an impressive return to roads competition at Aberdare Park.
Fellow next gen roads talents like Trickbits Racing supported Thompson, who are keen to embolden Scarborough racing CV’s this weekend include VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars, 2018 Senior Manx GP runner up Stephen Parsons, David ‘Action’ Jackson, Sam Johnson.
Spada supported Mike Norbury, KY-JAX Racing’s Ben Shuttlewood, David ‘Action’ Jackson and Kingston Upon Hull’s Callum Ward.
Additional notable entrants include Scarborough specialists such as Mick Goodings, Adrian Harrison, Dave Hewson, Brian Greenfield, Keith Pringle and Julian Tillotson.
With almost forty entrants, event organisers have already made the decision to split the Supersport encounters into A & B races.
Road Racing News - Words by Stevie Rial