It was a mixed bag for the area’s local riders as road racing returned to the Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough last weekend.
In the first road race of the 2014 season, the Ian Watson Spring Cup, it was left to one-to-watch Kilham-based rider James Cowton to do the business.
James Neesom from Bempton and Whitby’s Justin Waring had to make early rides home due to engine and set up problems respectively and Scarborough’s Nick Anderson ended up on the tarmac,
The weather was fine with a cool breeze, but it stayed dry for all races, and a capacity crowd was in for some great racing and action
Cowton was on top form running in almost back to back races on his three machines - a 600 Honda CBR, 650 Kawasaki and for the first time a 1000cc Honda.
He was out on it for the first race of Sunday’s programme, the senior class where he kept pace with established rider Ivan Lintin, the current Cock O’ The North champion Dean Harrison, upcoming Irish rider Lee Johnston and a certain Guy Martin - who won three out of three.
Cowton finished fifth and then took two thirds in the super lightweight class, where he kept pace with Ryan Farquhar coming out of retirement, and junior using the smaller bikes.
He was in the mix in the main race of the day, finishing fifth again on the 1000cc bike and is using the experience and time on the bike to stand him in good stead for his next outing at Cookstown in Ireland next weekend.
Cowton, who has made an encouraging start to the 2014 season having been named Free Press Sports Person of the Year last month, said: “Considering it was the first time on the 1000 if I had got in the top ten I would have been happy so to get fifth was good.
“On the 650 I was not sure how Ryan (Farquhar) was going to fare. I thought if I could run with him he will be up the sharp end. I ran with him and was tight for the whole race.
“It was a pretty hectic because the races were packed in and we were changing things on the 1000 and had some little tweaks with the 600 on suspension and tyre pressure but nothing I didn’t expect.
“For the first meeting of the year it was good and set us up well for the season.”
Anybody interested in sponsoring Cowton can contact him on 420399.