Ryan Farquhar got his 2015 road racing season up and running at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough over the weekend and he did so in fine style as he clocked up a century of wins around the 2.43-mile woodland circuit.
The 100th win came on Kevin Pearson’s Team York Suzuki 1100 in Saturday’s Classic F1 race but it was a successful day all round with strong results on the SGS International/KMR Kawasaki machines too. Back on a 1000cc machine for the first time since mid-2012, Ryan took a strong second behind Guy Martin in the opening leg of the Spring Cup and then took fifth on the same machine in the Senior race, just 2s behind Martin in second. He also took a good third in the Lightweight race.
Saturday’s sunshine was replaced by overcast, drizzly skies and temperatures as low as six degrees on Sunday and Ryan swiftly made it win number 101 in the second Classic F1 race, overhauling the fast starting Peter Boast on the second lap. However, with conditions worsening and with the International road race season only a few weeks away, Ryan opted out of the remainder of the meeting to avoid the risk of suffering any kind of mishap.
Ryan Farquhar: “With the weather being what it was over the course of the two days, it proved to be a tough weekend for everyone but it was a worthwhile meeting for me and I’ve come away pleased with the results and with a good idea where I need to improve the bikes. Prior to Scarborough, I’d only got about 12-15 laps on the big bike at Kirkistown and with it being wet there too, I had no chance to get the bike set up so came into Scarborough a bit blind. I spoke to Nick Morgan and Richard Adams from Maxton and their input allowed me to get a base setting from where I could at least perform.”
“To be honest, I was surprised to be doing the lap times I was doing in Saturday’s dry races and to push Guy and have boys behind me who’d been testing in Spain was very pleasing. The gearing wasn’t right on the Twin for all the tight hairpins but I got a solid third and was pleased with the top end speed so with a few more things to try I think we’ll be there or thereabouts. Unfortunately, the weather on Sunday was really cold and wet and with so much work to do and so many important meetings coming up, I didn’t feel it was the worth the risk to go out in what were pretty awful conditions.”
“I was pleased to get the two wins on Kevin Pearson’s bike but it was that cold on Sunday, my hands went numb after three laps and I couldn’t feel the handlebars. When it’s like that, it’s so easy to make a mistake and for other riders to do the same so I opted out of the remaining races to head home and start preparing all the bikes for the Tandragee. No one can help the weather and like I say, it was a productive meeting so I’ll be looking to move things forward with the bikes and be that bit closer to where I want to be next time out.”
Ryan’s next outing will be the Tandragee 100 on Saturday May 2nd.
Picture by Stephen Davison – Pacemaker Press International