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Outright Course Lap Record Holders at Oliverís Mount

Outright Course Lap Record Holders at Oliverís Mount

 

The first course lap record was created in September 1946, by Syd Barnett riding a 490cc Norton, in a time of 2 minutes 33 seconds at an average speed of 57.49 mph. In September 1947, the Coventry butcher reduced his time by 0.6 seconds, setting a new record average speed of 57.70 mph.

Ted Andrew was the first rider to push the course record over 60 mph in July 1950, on lap eight of ‘The Tesseyman Trophy’ 500cc race, whilst involved in a battle for fourth place with Triumph mounted Harry Bostock, Andrew circulated the course in a time of 2 minutes, 252/5 seconds, to set a new standard of 60.48 mph.

 

 

Date

Rider

Machine

Time

Speed

1946 Sept

Syd Barnett

490 Norton

2 min, 33.0 sec

57.49 mph

1947 Sept

Syd Barnett

496 Norton

2 min, 32.4 sec

57.70 mph

1948 July

George Brown

998 Vincent

2 min, 31.8 sec

57.94 mph

1949 Sept

Geoff Duke

499 Norton

2 min, 31.6 sec

58.02 mph

1950 July

Ted Andrew

499 Norton

2 min, 25.4 sec

60.48 mph

1950 Sept

Geoff Duke

499 Norton

2 min, 20.8 sec

62.46 mph

1951 Sept

Bill Doran

500 AJS

2 min, 17.4 sec

64.31 mph

 

 

As part of the continuous course improvements the ‘Esses’ were re-profiled ready for the July 1954 meeting, which reduced the circuit length by 72 yards from 2 miles 800 yards to 2 miles 728 yards.

In September 1965, John Cooper did what many riders had tried and failed to achieve. The record course record had stood at 69.21 mph for three years and there were those who had begun to doubt if the ‘70’ was attainable, but Cooper in one superb lap registered 70.18 mph.

A special mention should be made of Finland’s Jarno Saarinen, who on his first ever visit to the circuit in September 1972, delighted the 24,000 crowd as he smashed record after record and became the first man ever to lap the tortuous 2.4 mile Scarborough course in under two minutes. Riding a TZ 350 Yamaha he knocked no less than three and a half seconds off the existing outright lap record, pushing the speed up to 72.53 mph.

At the 1977 September International meeting, in front of a 40,000 plus crowd, reigning ‘double’ 500cc World Champion Barry Sheene became the first man to break the 80 mph barrier. During the Forward Trust 1000cc final, in one of his famous duels with the works 750 Kawasaki of Mick Grant, 27-year-old Sheene powered his works 653 Suzuki around in a lap of 1 minute 48.4 seconds, 80.16 mph.

Prior to the introduction of ‘Farm Bends’ the outright circuit lap record was held by Carl Fogarty, which he set on his way to winning the first leg of the ‘International King of the Roads’ (400cc-1000cc) race, during the September 1989 International Gold Cup meeting. Riding a 748cc Honda RC30, ‘Flying Foggy’ tore around the circuit in a time of 1m 45.1s, a speed of 82.67 mph.

 
 

Date

Rider

Machine

Time

Speed

1954 July

Phil Carter

499 Norton

2 min, 14.6 sec

64.55 mph

1954 Sept

Geoff Duke

500 Gilera

2min, 09.8 sec

66.94 mph

1955 Sept

Geoff Duke

500 Gilera

2min, 05.4 sec

69.29 mph

1960 May

Alan Shepherd

500 Matchless

2min, 05.4 sec

69.29 mph

1962 Sept

Peter Middleton

500 Norton

2 min, 05.0 sec

69.51 mph

1965 Sept

John Cooper

500 Norton

2min, 03.8 sec

70.18 mph

1971 July

Steve Machin

350 Yamaha

2 min, 03.4 sec

70.41 mph

1972 Sept

Jarno Saarinen

350 Yamaha

1 min, 59.8 sec

72.53 mph

1973 Sept

Mick Grant

750 Norton

1 min, 58.0 sec

73.64 mph

1974 July

Mick Grant

350 Yamaha

1 min, 57.2 sec

74.14 mph

1975 Sept

Phil Read

500 MV Agusta

1 min, 55.6 sec

75.16 mph

1976 July

Steve Manship

499 Yamaha

1 min, 54.8 sec

75.69 mph

1976 Sept

Mick Grant

750 Kawasaki

1 min, 50.8 sec

78.42 mph

1976 Sept

Barry Sheene

542 Suzuki

1 min, 50.8 sec

78.42 mph

1977 Sept

Barry Sheene

653 Suzuki

1 min, 48.4 sec

80.16 mph

1979 Sept

Barry Sheene

680 Suzuki

1 min, 47.2 sec

81.05 mph

1980 Sept

Barry Sheene

750 Yamaha

1 min, 47.2 sec

81.05 mph

1981 Sept

Barry Sheene

498 Yamaha

1 min, 46.2 sec

81.82 mph

1986 July

Trevor Nation

500 Suzuki

1 min, 46.0 sec

81.97 mph

1987 Sept

Roger Marshall

1080 Suzuki

1 min, 45.5 sec

82.36 mph

1988 Sept

James Whitham

750 Suzuki

1 min, 45.3 sec

82.52 mph

1989 Sept

Carl Fogarty

750 Honda

1 min, 45.1 sec

82.67 mph

 

 

The Farm Bends complex was introduced to the circuit for the start of the 1991 season, with its roller coaster combination of right-left-right bends increasing the circuit length from 2.4136 to 2.43 miles, resulting in greater times and slower speeds. Dean Ashton set the benchmark for the altered track on his 750 Yamaha lapping at over 77 mph, on his way to winning the Spring National Trophy.

During a spectacular Gold Cup race in September 1994, Ulsterman Phillip McCallen fought hammer and tong with Yorkshire-man David Jefferies, on this occasion Jefferies took the victory but McCallen riding the Honda Britain 750 RC45 shattered the lap record by almost two seconds, his lap time of 1 minute 47.488 seconds, a speed of 81.386 mph stood for an unprecedented 10 years.

At the 54th International Gold Cup meeting in September 2004, Guy Martin dominated the weekend, taking the chequered flag an incredible eight times and retained the Gold Cup Trophy. In the first leg of the National Superbikes Guy “Carrot Muncher” Martin emphatically scorched around the third lap of the 2.43 mile circuit on his Uel Duncan Racing 1000 Suzuki GSXR, in a time of 1 minute, 46.241 seconds, hacking over 1.2 seconds off McCallen’s long-standing record and setting a new absolute lap of 82.341 mph.

Guy Martin’s mastery of the Mount circuit continued at the 2009 September Gold Cup meeting, when he added the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Trophy to his cabinet for a record successive seventh time. On the fifth lap of the feature Gold Cup race, Guy lapped in 1m 45.299, to dip under his existing outright circuit record. Then to fend off of a determined challenge from Ian Hutchinson, Guy put in a blistering sixth lap, powering his 1000 Hydrex Honda around the circuit in a time of 1m 45.036, setting a new outright best of 83.286 mph.

After being presented with the Gold Cup Trophy, circuit commentator Tony Coupland asked Guy Martin the question: “Did you know you broke the lap record twice during the race ?

Martin responded: “ Yeah, I know, we're nearly down into the 1m 44 bracket now, which is fair tramping is that !.”

Ryan Farquhar became the first rider in the history of racing at Oliver’s Mount to lap the woodland circuit under the 1m 45 second barrier, at the 2010 Gold Cup Road Races. During the first leg of the Darran Lindsay Superbike Trophy, the Dungannon-rider aboard his Superstock 1000 KMR Kawasaki ZX10, recorded a new outright record lap of 1 min, 44.932 sec, 83.368 mph.

Afterwards Farquhar said: “I'm over the moon to have claimed the outright lap record, I was near record pace in my heat, which quite surprised me, but I just rode as hard and as steady as I could in the race so to get the record and become the first man to dip below the 1m 45s barrier is really pleasing and a great way to end the season.”

At the 2013 Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Road Races, the first leg of the Darran Lindsay Superbike Trophy provided a record breaking duel between road racing superstar Guy Martin and one of the most exciting new talents, Bradford rider, Dean Harrison.

Martin got the hole-shot with Harrison snapping at his heels, the duo then proceeded to break away from the chasing pack.

On the second lap, battling to stay at the front, Martin set a new outright lap record of 1m 44.889, 83.402 mph.

Harrison put Martin under intense pressure on the third lap, powering his 1000cc RC Express Racing Kawasaki by MSS performance to a new circuit record of 1m 44.605, 83.629 mph, taking seven tenths-of-a-second out of the Lincolnshire maverick’s lead.

On the penultimate lap, Martin’s 1000cc Tyco TAS Suzuki reclaimed the outright lap record, smashing Ryan Farquhar’s previous best by over half-a-second with a scorching 1m 44.269, 83.898 mph, which enabled him to take the win with a 3.134 second advantage over rising star Harrison.

 

Below are the Oliver’s Mount circuit outright lap records since the introduction of Farm Bends in 1991, up to and including the Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Road Races - September 2013 : 

Date

Rider

Machine

Time

Speed

1991 May

Dean Ashton

750 Yamaha

1 min, 53.20 sec†††††††††††

77.28 mph

1991 July

Dean Ashton

750 Yamaha

1 min, 51.90 sec

78.18 mph

1991 Sept

Mark Linscott

750 Yamaha

1 min, 51.20 sec

78.67 mph

1992 Sept

James Whitham

750 Yamaha

1 min, 49.40 sec†††††††††††

79.96 mph

1994 Sept

Phillip McCallen

750 Honda

1 min, 47.500 sec

81.380 mph

2004 Sept

Guy Martin††††††

1000 Suzuki

1 min, 46.241 sec

82.341 mph

2007 Sept

Guy Martin††††††

1000 Honda

1 min, 45.543 sec

82.886 mph

2008 Sept Guy Martin      1000 Honda 1 min, 45.332 sec 83.052 mph
2009 Sept Guy Martin   1000 Honda 1 min, 45.036 sec 83.286 mph
2010 Sept Ryan Farquhar   1000 Kawasaki 1 min, 44.932 sec 83.368 mph
2013 Sept Guy Martin   1000 Suzuki 1 min, 44.269 sec 83.898 mph

 

 

 

 

 

Unofficially, below are the thirty three fastest solo riders around the Oliverís Mount circuit since the introduction of Farm Bends in 1991, up to and including the Cock o' the North Road Races - July 2014:

 

 

Pos

Date

Rider

Machine

Time

Speed

1 2013 Sept Guy Martin 1000 Suzuki 1 min, 44.269 sec 83.898 mph
2 2013 Sept Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 1 min, 44.605 sec 83.629 mph
3 2010 Sept Ryan Farquhar  1000 Kawasaki 1 min, 44.932 sec 83.368 mph
4 2010 Sept Ian Hutchinson  1000 Honda 1 min, 45.044 sec 83.279 mph

5

2011 July

Michael Pearson

1000 BMW

1 min, 45.620 sec

82.825 mph

6 2010 Sept John McGuinness 1000 Honda 1 min, 45.796 sec 82.687 mph
7 2012 Sept Jamie Hamilton 1000 Kawasaki 1 min, 46.159 sec 82.405 mph
8 2009 Sept Ian Lougher 1000 Yamaha 1 min, 46.349 sec 82.257 mph
9 2011 July Steve Mercer 1000 Honda 1 min, 46.524 sec 82.122 mph
10 2014 June Ivan Lintin 1000 Honda 1 min, 46.540 sec 82.110 mph
11 2012 Sept Michael Dunlop 1000 Honda 1 min, 46.664 sec 82.015 mph
12 2014 July James Cowton 1000 Honda 1 min, 46.682 sec 82.001 mph
13 2009 July Kiaran Hankin 1000 Honda 1 min, 46.747 sec 81.951 mph
14 2014 July Lee Johnston 1000 Honda 1 min, 46.007 sec 81.752 mph
15 2013 Sept William Dunlop 600 Yamaha 1 min, 47.190 sec 81.612 mph
16 2011 April Derek Sheils 1000 Honda 1 min, 47.413 sec 81.443 mph
17 2013 July Daniel Frear 600 Yamaha 1 min, 47.472 sec 81.398 mph

18

1994 Sept

Phillip McCallen

750 Honda

1 min, 47.500 sec

81.380 mph

19 2009 Sept Gary Johnson 1000 Honda 1 min, 47.590 sec 81.309 mph

20

1997 Sept

David Jefferies†

955 Ducati

1 min, 48.000 sec

81.000 mph

21 2012 July Ben Wylie 1000 BMW 1 min, 48.029 sec 80.978 mph

22

2007 May

Marc Ramsbotham

1000 Suzuki

1min 48.034 sec

80.974 mph

23 2009 July Keith Pringle 1000 Yamaha 1min 48.111 sec 80.917 mph
24 2014 July Daley Mathison 1000 Suzuki 1min 48.244 sec 80.817 mph
25 2011 July Adrian Archibald 1000 BMW 1min 48.432 sec 80.677 mph
26 2012 Sept Bruce Anstey 1000 Honda 1min 48.614 sec 80.542 mph
27 2006 Sept Martin Finnegan 1000 Honda 1 min, 49.131 sec 80.161 mph
28 2010 July Ian Mackman 1000 Suzuki 1 min, 49.236 sec 80.083 mph
29 2007 Sept Ian Armstrong 1000 Yamaha 1 min, 49.273 sec 80.056 mph
30 2010 July Dave Hewson   1000 Kawasaki 1 min, 49.321 sec 80.021 mph
31 1992 Sept James Whitham 750 Suzuki 1 min, 49.400 sec 79.960 mph
32 2012 Sept Mick Goodings 1000 Honda 1 min, 49.439 sec 79.935 mph
33 2005 Sept Jason Griffiths 1000 Yamaha 1 min, 49.543 sec 79.859 mph

 

Unofficially, below are the eighteen fastest sidecar crews around the Oliver’s Mount circuit since the introduction of Farm Bends in 1991, up to and including the Cock o' the North Road Races - July 2014 :

 

Pos

Date

Driver/Passenger

Machine

Time

Speed

1

2008 Sept

Nick Crowe/Mark Cox

600 Honda

1 min, 53.495 sec

77.078 mph

2 2013 Sept Ian Bell/Carl Bell 600 Yamaha 1 min, 55.236 sec 75.914 mph

3

2010 July

Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance

600 Kawasaki

1 min, 55.269 sec

75.892 mph

4 2013 Sept Conrad Harrison/Lee Patterson 600 Honda 1 min, 55.861 sec 75.504 mph
5 2009 Sept Tony Elmer/Darren Marshall 600 Yamaha 1 min, 56.684 sec 74.972 mph
6 2010 July Dave Wallis/Steve Wareham 600 Honda 1 min, 56.768 sec 74.918 mph
7 2014 April Dean Lindley/Robert Bell 600 Suzuki 1 min, 56.887 sec 74.842 mph
8 2009 Sept Tim Reeves/Dipash Chauhan 600 Suzuki 1 min, 56.982 sec 74.781 mph
9 2012 Sept Carl Fenwick/Mark Sayers 600 Honda 1 min, 58.200 sec 74.010 mph

10

2007 May

Nigel Connole/Jamie Winn

600 Honda

1 min, 58.596 sec

73.763 mph

11

1997 Sept

Eddy Wright/Rod Pearce

600 Triumph

1 min, 58.800 sec

73.637 mph

12 2013 Sept Jake Lowther/John Lowther 600 Honda 1 min, 59.085 sec 73.460 mph
13 2011 July Tony Thirkell/Nigel Barlow 600 Honda 1 min, 59.087 sec 73.459 mph
14 2012 July Dave Atkinson/Phil Knapton 600 Suzuki 1 min, 59.163 sec 73.412 mph

15

2012 July

Greg Lambert/Jason Crowe

600 Yamaha

1 min, 59.169 sec

73.408 mph

16 2012 Sept Michael Dunlop /Dan Sayle 600 Honda 1 min, 59.229 sec 73.371 mph
17 2012 July Frank Lelias/Mike Aylott 600 Suzuki 1 min, 59.604 sec 73.141 mph

18

2007 May

Simon Neary/Craig Hallam

600 Yamaha

1min 59.939 sec

72.938 mph