Ryan Farquhar ensured his 2015 road racing season finished on a high note at the weekend when first and second place finishes at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough enabled him to clinch the Classic F1 Championship on Roger Winfield’s Harris Yamaha.
The weekend got off to an uncomfortable start for Ryan though when he slid off at Farm Bends during Saturday morning practice and it meant he could no longer ride the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike. It eliminated him from three Superbike races, including the feature International Gold Cup race, and meant he concentrated on the Classic races for the remainder of the weekend.
The weather at the North Yorkshire venue on Saturday was poor to say the least with heavy rain showers and even hail but it gradually dried up as the day wore on and Ryan was able to take second place in the first six lap Classic F1 race.
Thankfully, Sunday saw a lot better conditions and Ryan took an early lead in the Classic F1 race from David Bell and Saturday’s race winner Jamie Coward. He gradually increased his lead and although Coward cut the gap to 4.5s at three-quarter race distance, Ryan responded to take the chequered flag by 6.3s with the result also giving him the Championship.
He was back out on the Harris Yamaha for the Gold Cup ‘B’ race and it looked like he’d take his second win of the day before a mechanical problem forced him out on the penultimate lap.
Youngster Adam McClean was also in action at the weekend, making his debut at the circuit on the KMR Kawasaki ER6 and having taken seventh in Saturday’s wet Lee Pullan Trophy race, he finished in an excellent fourth in Sunday’s second leg held in perfect conditions.
Ryan Farquhar: “It’s been an up and down weekend and it was a real shame to slip off the Superbike on Saturday and although the bike wasn’t badly damaged, I didn’t have the spares needed to get back out. I was really hoping to have a good go in the Superbike races, especially the Gold Cup, but it wasn’t to be so I concentrated on the Classic F1 bike for the rest of the weekend.”
“Saturday’s race saw mixed conditions so intermediates would have been ideal but we only had drys and wets so I went with the latter although second place more than kept me in contention for the Classic F1 Championship. We made a few changes for Sunday’s race and it all went perfectly so having won the Phillip Island Classic Festival at the beginning of the year, it’s nice to end the season with another Championship.”
“Young Adam also gave a very good account of himself on his debut with his ride on Sunday particularly impressive. We’ll take a rest now for a couple of weeks and then get stuck in preparing for the 2016 season where I expect to be contesting a similar calendar of events as what I’ve done this year. Thanks to all my sponsors for their continued support throughout 2015.”