Guy Martin enjoed his weekend in Scarborough and came back with a 100 per cent success rate
Guy Martin puts in faultless display to win Cock o' the North
05 July 2007 14:51
Guy Martin put together a faultless display of riding at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, winning all five of the races he entered in the Cock o’ the North meeting.
Riding the Hydrex Honda’s, his 100 per cent success rate saw him take not only both legs of the Supersport 600cc and Superbike races but also the feature Cock o’ the North event.
This is the third time Guy Martin has claimed the coveted trophy having previously won it in 2003 and 2005.
Like the rest of the UK, the seaside town of Scarborough was affected by the frequent, and heavy, rain showers but the majority of the races were held in drying conditions and Guy Martin took commanding race victories in both Superbike races, his winning margin being in excess of ten seconds on both occasions.
The Supersport 600cc races were very different though as he was locked in battle with arch rival Ian Lougher.
The duo exchanged places on a number of occasions but Guy Martin was in front when it mattered most and he was able to edge out the Welshman.
His winning margin was just 0.2 seconds on Saturday but a final corner, final lap mistake by Ian Lougher on Sunday meant Guy Martin took the win by a more comfortable seven seconds.
A torrential downpour late on Sunday afternoon meant the Cock o’ the North race was delayed by over an hour and cut from its original 12 laps to six but Guy Martin didn’t let the delay upset his focus and after another close battle with that man Ian Lougher, he was able to claim yet another victory, his 40th win around the 2.43-mile woodland circuit.
Speaking afterwards, the 25-year old said: “I always enjoy riding at Scarborough as it’s where I made my real road racing debut back in 2002 and it’s been another enjoyable weekend here.
“The weather did it’s best to spoil things and whilst we were lucky not to race in the pouring rain, all of the races were held in damp, tricky conditions, which meant it was quite treacherous at times.”
“The boys in the team did a great job though and we had the right tyres for the job in each and every race, which certainly made my task that little bit easier.
“Ian pushed me really hard in the Supersport races and they were very tough but I managed to squeeze by on the final lap each time whilst the Superbike races were a bit more straightforward.
“The Cock o’ the North was another great race so I’m pleased to reclaim the title and very happy to get five wins for the Hydrex team in their first event at Oliver’s Mount.”
Guy Martin’s next outing will again be on the public roads as he heads back to the Isle of Man for the Southern 100. The event takes place on the 4.25-mile Billown circuit from July 9-12, 2007.