Michael Dunlop ended his pure road racing season with victory in the Steve Henshaw Scarborough Gold Cup — his first at the event — beating arch rival and eight-time winner Guy Martin by 11 seconds.
Obviously delighted at winning his first ever Gold Cup, Dunlop said: “The results have never really happened here for me for whatever reason but the conditions sort of worked in my favour.”
Recounting the race, he added: “I just got my head down and worked on closing the gap to (John) McGuinness; then we he crashed out I had a big enough gap to cruise to the win.
“It was very slippery out there and I lost count of how many big slides I had, but I’m very happy to add my name to the list of Gold Cup winners.”
The race was run in treacherous conditions after a heavy shower left damp patches under trees and on the exit of many turns at the gnarly parkland circuit.
John McGuinness got the holeshot in the Gold Cup race, but uncharacteristically crashed on lap three at Mere Hairpin.
His Padgetts Honda team-mate Bruce Anstey also tasted the Oliver’s Mount tarmac at the very same place on the opening lap, and was collected by Welshman Ian Lougher. The Kiwi complained of a sore ankle afterwards.
RC Express Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison was also a crash victim at Mere Hairpin; his fall from grace coming on lap two. This allowed youngster James Cowton to take third place in the blue riband event on his 600cc Honda.
Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin did get to stand on the top step in Saturday’s races, taking the 600cc David Jefferies Cup race from Milwaukee Yamaha’s William Dunlop, who crashed out of the 600cc race on Sunday. Third was Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston. Martin also won the Darran Lindsay Trophy race from Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop.
Fifty-year-old Welshman Ian Lougher who retired from full time competition at the end of yesterday’s meeting, took his 132nd Scarborough victory after beating Michael Dunlop to the line in the quarter litre class.
Michael Dunlop did win the Phil Mellor Trophy from Ian Lougher on Saturday, while making a cameo appearance for his friend John Burrows, who was equally delighted.
“Michael’s a friend and it was great to have him on my bike this weekend.
“I’m delighted to win the Phil Mellor Trophy. It caps off a very enjoyable time here at Scarborough. I’m also delighted for Michael, winning the Gold Cup,” said Burrows.
Lisburn’s David Haire was a four-time winner at yesterday’s Irish Superbike Championships, taking a brace in both the Superbike and Supersport classes.