Team RC Express Racing’s Dean Harrison ensured his 2013 UK road racing season ended on a high at the weekend when he took a brace of wins at the International Gold Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. The Bradford rider took victories in both the Supersport and Superbike races and it was success in the latter that saw him pick up the prestigious Darran Lindsay Trophy.
With Saturday seeing good, sunny conditions, Dean took a close second to Guy Martin in the opening leg of the Superbikes, the duo breaking the outright lap record on more than one occasion as they pushed each other to the maximum but a heavy rain shower before Sunday’s second leg meant tyre choice was crucial. Dean and the team opted for intermediates and it proved to be a master stroke as he left the field firmly trailing in his wake, eventually taking the victory by a commanding 27 seconds! First and second meant he was the overall winner over the two legs and deservedly won the Darran Lindsay Trophy.
The circuit was still damp for Sunday’s feature Gold Cup race and at the end of the opening lap, Dean slotted into third behind John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop. However, Bruce Anstey had fallen at Mere Hairpin on the previous lap and with some debris still on the circuit, Dean slid off on the second lap with race leader McGuinness doing the same a lap later, thus ruling out any chance of another Superbike race win.
Undeterred, Dean bounced back in fine style in the Supersport race and immediately grabbed the holeshot to lead the field at the end of the first lap. Increasing his lead by a second a lap, Dean’s lead on the Ian Bell R6 Yamaha was almost five seconds at half race distance and he was able to cross the line 6.7s clear of Guy Martin. The win more than made up for Saturday’s corresponding race when Dean was one of a number of riders to be knocked off at the first corner by an over-enthusiastic rider coming through from near the back of the grid.
In what was a mixed weekend for many of the competitors, Dean also added a brace of second place finishes in the two Supertwins races to his account to finish second overall behind Ivan Lintin in the Lee Pullan Trophy.
Dean Harrison: “It’s been an up and down weekend and whilst I’m obviously disappointed with how the main Gold Cup race went, I’m well pleased with the two race wins on Sunday. It was a bit slippy out there but the tyre choices we made were spot-on and the Metzeler’s did a great job, in both the wet and dry. I had a great battle with Guy in the first Superbike race, only losing ground in the closing stages, so I was determined to turn the tables on Sunday and I just got my head down from the start. I never saw anyone and it’s nice to win the Darran Lindsay Trophy in the process.”
“The 600 was flying all the weekend but I couldn’t believe what happened in Saturday’s race and for one rider to wipe out so many other riders was a bit ridiculous to say the least. I banged my ankle a bit but we did the business on Sunday so a big thanks to all the team again this weekend.”
Ben Constable, Team Co-owner: “The weekend’s had its ups and downs but we’re delighted that Dean was able to take two more road race wins. The Superbike race on Saturday was an excellent race and Dean pushed Guy harder than anyone else, a fact that could be seen in the pair of them lapping comfortably inside the outright lap record. Most riders opted for slicks in Sunday’s race but we felt the track wasn’t dry enough for that and inters were definitely the way to go. Dean dominated the race and we’ve come away with the biggest trophy available!”
“It made up for the disappointment of the Gold Cup race with the 600cc win doing the same after Dean got knocked off on Saturday by a rash move by another rider. The DNFs suffered this weekend were through no fault of our own and when everything went to plan, Dean scored some excellent results so, overall, we’re well pleased with how the Gold Cup meeting’s gone.”
The team’s next outing is scheduled to be the annual Stars at Darley meeting at Darley Moor on Sunday October 13th.
Picture by Glynne Lewis