Tragic accident calls off Oliver’s Mount racing

James Cowton (52) battle with Bradley Vicars.
James Cowton (52) battle with Bradley Vicars.

Kilham racer James Cowton saw a limited amount of action on a tragic weekend at the Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough.

The Spring Cup meeting was abandoned after Isle of Man rider Billy Redmayne was badly hurt in the flagship race.

Kilham based racer James Cowton leads the pack out of Quarry Hill bends.152173a

Kilham based racer James Cowton leads the pack out of Quarry Hill bends.152173a

He was airlifted to hospital but died on Tuesday morning.

Cowton, who is representing the Racing By Radcliffe’s team this season, was only involved in one race, but rode extremely well in the junior race aboard the Honda 600, starting from 14th on the grid.

By the end of the first lap, he was up to ninth place and at the midway stage, he was on the back of four riders challenging for fifth place.

On the final lap, he produced his quickest lap of the race to take fifth place at the chequered flag, to give him plenty of positives to take to his next meeting at Cookstown in two weeks’ time.