A strong contingent of Irish riders are at Scarborough this weekend for the 59th International Gold Cup meeting held around the 2.43mile Olivers Mount hillside road course.
Heading the local entry is Ryan Farquhar, who has already 60 victories to his credit this year, eighteen of which came in one weekend at Olivers Mount during the Barry Sheene Classic meeting.
Farquhar has had a season to remember dominating the Irish road race scene breaking the long-standing all time Irish national road race wins total of Joey Dunlop the record now at 121 for the Dungannon man, he has also retained the Duke Road Race Rankings title and won three Irish road race titles on board his KMR Team Kawasaki’s.
In fact the Duke Rankings could well see an Irish 1-2-3 after this weekends final round as Michael and William Dunlop currently sit second and third.
Featuring strongly alongside Farquhar at Scarborough will be the Dunlop brothers and Michael Pearson fresh from his first major Irish road race success at Killalane last weekend where he won the Grand Final and who also won the Cock O’the North race at Scarborough in July.
However the man they all have to beat is Lincolnshire ace Guy Martin, recently a winner at the Ulster Grand Prix who is looking to take a record seventh Gold Cup victory on Sunday.
The bumper entry features some of the finest road racers from Ireland and the mainland and includes TT and Ulster Grand Prix winners Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness, veterans Ian Lougher and Chris Palmer, Davy Morgan, Adrian Archibald, Sam Dunlop and Gary Johnson while Dundrod based ex-world champion Tim Reeves, on his circuit debut, with new passenger Dan Sayle head the sidecar entry.
No Irish rider has ever won the Gold Cup, but this year probably gives the best opportunity to bring the famous trophy across the Irish Sea for the first time.