Fine and at times overcast conditions were the order of the day at Oliver’s Mount for the 2012 Barry Sheene Race Festival.
The opening race of the day the first leg of the Syd Barnett and Red Rose Trophy races for 350cc and 250cc Classic machines over six laps.
Paul Coward got the hole-shot and led at the end of the lap only to pull in at Mere Hairpin with a blown engine, handing the lead to Ulsterman Gary Jamison, which he held until the chequered flag.
Peter Wakefield held third until half distance when he moved into second place and took the 250cc honours. Ben Cole took third position at the flag.
Race two the opening leg of the Modern Solos up to 400cc and SuperTwins over eight laps.
Pole position man Ivan Lintin got the hole shot and held the lead at the end of the first lap some 3.4 seconds ahead of Scott Campbell with David Bell third 3/10ths of a second down the Campbell. Positions were the same a lap later although the gap had increased to 10.8 seconds.
At half distance the gap was 21.90 seconds, but it was Bell who was now second with Campbell third.
Lap five and Campbell dropped to fourth as Rab Davie moved in to third place.
Three-quarters distance and the leaders advantage was up to 29 seconds with Bell and Davie separated by 2.9 seconds.
At the chequered flag Ivan Lintin took the victory by 32 seconds from David Bell with Rab Davie taking the final podium place in what was a Kawasaki 1-2-3.
Race three saw the Modern Solos 600cc and over in action, and it was Ivan Lintin who held the lead at the end of the opening lap of eight, closing followed by the Goodings brothers, Mick and Mark.
A lap later it was Mick Goodings in the lead from Ivan Lintin by half a second with Dean Harrison now third.
Lintin was back in front a lap later as Harrison maintained third spot, the leading gap now up to 1 second.
Half distance, and Lintin’s advantage had grown to 3.152 seconds as the positions remained unchanged.
Lap five and the leading gap had increased by another second with Keith Pringle moving into third after Harrison slipped off at Mere Hairpin at the start of the lap.
Lap six and the leaders remained unchanged with second and third only 2/10ths of a second apart and at the end of lap seven, Pringle had moved in to second place 3.36 seconds down on race leader Lintin.
At the chequered flag, Ivan Lintin took his second victory of the day 3.6 seconds ahead of Keith Pringle with Mick Goodings third.
Next up were the combined Modern and Classic Sidecars. David Lillie led for the first of the six laps, but it was Ian Bell who took charge on the second lap and dominated the remainder of the race to take the chequered flag by 63.30 seconds to take his 46th race victory at Oliver’s Mount.
The second leg of the Modern Solos over 400cc and the Supertwins were next, once again over eight laps and as in the first leg it was Ivan Lintin who took the initial lead from David Bell and Rab Davie.
By half distance Lintin had opened a 4.347 seconds gap between himself and Bell, with Davie a further ten seconds back.
Gaining over a second per lap Ivan Lintin took the chequered flag some 11 seconds ahead of David Bell who in turn was 16 seconds in front of Rab Davie.
Next event was the combined Geoff Barry Classic Superbike race and the first leg of the Denis Parkinson 500cc Classic race. Jamie Coward headed the Superbike class after one lap with father, Paul leading the 500cc class, as the rain began to fall.
By lap two Coward Junior had opened a near nine second lead over Russ Mountford, whilst Paul enjoyed a 23 second advantage over David Hebb.
Half distance saw the leaders unchanged as the rain continued to fall the race was reduced from eight to six laps, then the red flag was shown at the end of the fifth due to the deteriorating conditions. Jamie Coward took the Superbike laurels with Russ Mountford Second and Martin Harrison third. Paul Coward took the 500cc class with David Burrell second.
After a three-quarter of an hours delay to allow the course to clear of standing water race number seven – the second leg of the 350cc and 250cc Classics got underway over the scheduled six laps. Gary Jamison, once again got the hole-shot and led at the end of lap followed by Ben Cole and Grant Sellars. Jeff Ward, fifth overall was first 250cc.
At the half distance lap positions remained unchanged, with Jamison enjoying a 13.70 seconds lead, with Peter Wakefield now heading the quarter-litre class ahead of ‘team-mate’ Jeff Ward.
At the end of the sixth lap Gary Jamison had a 40 seconds lead over Ben Cole with Grant Sellars taking third a further eight seconds adrift.
Peter Wakefield took the 250cc class honours.
The Second leg of the Sidecars had only five ‘modern’ outfits on the grid and one ‘classic’ which retired at the end of the first lap. The six lap race was won by Ian and Carl Bell who after the opening lap had a 16 seconds lead end increased it to 48 seconds at the end of the third lap, when the red flags appeared due to a branch of a tree descending on to the course and blocking it!
The penultimate race of the programme for Modern machines over 600cc saw Jamie Coward take the hole-shot and lead at the end of the opening lap from Ivan Lintin, who took the lead during the second lap to take a half-second advantage with Mick Goodings slotting in to third.
The half distance lap saw the same three at the front, with Coward holding on to Lintin and keeping the leader honest with the lead only increasing slightly to 8/10ths of a second.
A lap later and Coward sets the fastest lap of the race at 73.158mph despite the conditions and increases his lead to 2.9 seconds, as Goodings falls further back some six seconds adrift.
Lintin went even fastest on the fifth lap at 73.415mph increasing his lead to 3.8 seconds and at the flag takes the victory by 4.792 seconds from Jamie Coward and Mick Goodings.
The final race of the day, the Barry Sheene Superbike Trophy Race and the Denis Parkinson 500cc 2nd leg over the shortened distance of six laps.
With four starters only, such were the conditions.
Jamie Coward took the lead on lap one and took the victory by 31 seconds from Martin Harrison and Keith Pringle, whilst father Paul took the Denis Parkinson honours.
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