Cowton thrilled by great recent form

James Cowton (number 52) races away from James Neesom (91) off the line at Oliver's Mount.
James Cowton (number 52) races away from James Neesom (91) off the line at Oliver's Mount.

Local road racer James Cowton returned to his home turf in style this weekend after impressing at the Isle of Man TT earlier this month.

There were three podium place finishes for Cowton at the Barry Sheene Festival and Rally at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount circuit.

James Cowton has the crowd on their feet in appreciation.

James Cowton has the crowd on their feet in appreciation.

He was second in the supertwin class on a Kawasaki 650 on both Saturday and Sunday and third in the flagship race, the Barry Sheene Trophy for classic superbikes after seeing off the advances of Irishman and TT winner Lee Johnston.

It was an easy ride compared to the 37-mile mountain course, he tackled in only his second TT year, where he finished fourth in the supertwin race.

He told the Bridlington Free Press: “It would have been nice to be on the podium but you can’t be up there all the time.

“It is great to get fourth but then it is frustrating to think that extra bit more could have been third - but it was down to the first lap and I did not put the hammer down.”

James Cowton leads Lee Johnston out of Farm Bends.

James Cowton leads Lee Johnston out of Farm Bends.

After a serious crash which saw the senior race on the Isle of Man red-flagged and re-started, Cowton admits he was happy to get home to Kilham in one piece.

He finished 20th in that senior race on a 1000cc that had been loaned to him by Rob Barber Racing after Cowton parted company with Danny Tomlinson Racing partway through the season.

Of the incident involving Irishman Jamie Hamilton, Cowton said: “I went straight through it. It makes you think a bit and you can’t say that it doesn’t.

“But you have got to focus on the job in hand and you can’t let what you have seen affect you too much.”

While competing Cowton achieved a lap sp,eed of 125mph - a target that he had quietly set himself.

He said: “The speeds and lap times we were doing were ridiculous really, the pace is so fast.

“I did 125mph but the top boys were doing 132mph.

“ Not so long ago you would have won a race with that so it was not shoddy finishing 20th.

“I was just happy to come home.

“Each time I go out I just want to improve on last time but I do set myself some quiet targets like lap speeds that I want to achieve.

“I was a mph faster than last year and got the 125mph average lap so I was happy with that.”

Back under the Cowton Racing umbrella, James will next be racing at the Southern 100 in Ireland next month.

That is followed by the Cock O The North the following week back at Scarborough, the Ulster GP, the Classic TT which takes place back on the Isle of Man and the Gold Cup in Scarborough in September.

He is mounted on aHonda 600 and 650 supertwin for Stewart Smith Racing but is also looking for a 1000cc ride.