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Guy Martin at Oliver's Mount

Friday 14 August 2020
Guy Martin at Oliver's Mount Scrutineering

Road racing's return following the long layoff due to COVID-19 will see some of the biggest names in action at Oliver's Mount.

Guy Martin, multiple International Gold Cup and Cock o' the North winner, is just one of the road racing stars on the entry list for the Barry Sheene Classic being held this weekend (August 15th & 16th).

Senior TT Winner Dean Harrison will be in action on his local circuit, in a long-delayed return to racing after injuries sustained at the 2019 Classic TT. The Bradford flyer sustained a collapsed lung following what he described as 'a bit of a brush with the wall.'

Dean's classic racing experience (He won the 2018 Superbike Classic TT) should stand him in good stead as he campaigns the Silicone Engineering ZXR 750.

Dean's Brother Adrian, another veteran of the short and technical 2.43mile Oliver's Mount course, will be in action on another ZXR 750 and also has an entry on a Honda CBR600 for the Supersport races.

In terms of experience, there's not many riders who can hold a light to Ian Lougher, a ten-time TT winner and owner of an incredible list of wins on the parkland course at Scarborough. As has become his trademark recently, Ian will be doing battle for the Twins race onboard his Team ILR Paton S1R.

Lee Johnston, an Ulsterman by birth but Huddersfield by choice, will be in action in the 600cc race, looking to repeat his sensational performances from the Gold Cup in September 2019 - although hopefully without recourse to the full wets he needed for those wins.

Another TT star who will be taking to the "Mount" over the course of the weekend will be Jamie Coward, with entires in the 650cc Twins race and on a Manx Norton for the 500cc Classic.

Guy himself will be running his familiar number 8 plate on a Rob North-framed BSA 750cc triple in the Classic 750cc All-Comers Race, and a Suzuki GSXR in the Classic Superbike class.

With other great names of classic and modern road racing including Bill Swallow, Mike Norbury, Dom Herbertson and Roger Wibberley, and over 30 races on the schedule the weekend looks like being a thrilling and fitting return to action for the road racing community.

Due to Cornavirus regulations and precautions, there is a limit of 2500 spectators per day for the three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and no tickets will be available on the gate.

Tickets are still available to buy via Duke Video here. Tickets will be delivered to your email address and can be printed out or scanned from your smartphone or tablet

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