Golden Farquhar claims magnificent seven
Ryan Farquhar has broken records time and time again throughout his career and at the weekend the Dungannon man was unbeaten at Oliver’s Mount as he claimed seven race wins.
It included taking victory in the 61st running of the Scarborough Gold Cup, becoming the first Irishman to win this prestigious race.
In the feature race yesterday Farquhar blitzed the field on a damp track to beat double TT winner John McGuinness by almost five seconds at the end of eight laps, with Irish based Welshman Ian Lougher in third position and Michael Dunlop fourth.
Farquhar had already retained the Darren Lindsay Trophy by winning both Saturday and Sunday legs of the Superbike class in which McGuinness and Michael Dunlop finished second and third in both races.
The David Jefferies Memorial Trophy for the Supersport class also went the way of Farquhar with another double, winning Saturday’s race by 0.8sec from William Dunlop with brother Michael a further 0.4sec back in third. Yesterday Farquhar took the chequered flag first ahead of Michael and Ivan Lintin.
Farquhar won Saturday’s Supertwin race by three seconds from Lintin, a time gap that he doubled yesterday in a race that saw Jamie Hamilton, making his debut at the 2.43mile hillside circuit, finish in third position.
For Farquhar this flurry of season ending victories, that is now 87 wins at Scarborough in total, also wraps up the Duke Road Race Rankings title for the fourth successive season and he was obviously delighted.
“This is the perfect ending to my season,” he said.
“I’ve to go into hospital in October for an operation on my wrist, so that is probably it for this year.
“That’s a clean sweep of the major races at Scarborough this year, the Spring Cup, Cock o’the North, Barry Sheene Classic and now the Gold Cup — something that has never been done before and to be the first Irish rider to win the Gold Cup is the icing on the cake.”
In the Motocross of Nations in France yesterday the MCUI team of Martin Barr, Richard Bird and Stuart Edmonds could only mange a 19th place finish in an event won by the USA from France and Australia.
Earlier Barr had won the ‘B’ final with Edmonds in fourth to get the team into the main event.