Oliver's Mount 2019: John McGuinness to appear at Barry Sheene Classic

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John McGuinness will ride at Oliver’s Mount as part of the Barry Sheene meeting in July, it has been announced.

The 23-time TT winner is the latest star to be confirmed in a line-up that also includes four-time WSB champion Carl Fogarty.

“I’ve always liked Oliver’s Mount and I’ve still got the 250cc lap record,” said McGuinness. “There is a great atmosphere, and a relaxed paddock. You can pop down the sea front after the racing for an ice-cream and make it a family weekend.”

John took third place in the 250cc class on his debut at Oliver’s Mount in 1996 before setting the lap record on his way to an overall Gold Cup win in 1999. This year he will be parading a range of bikes and will be around the paddock to meet fans.

Advance tickets for the Barry Sheene meeting on 27/28 July are still available from Duke on 01624 640024 or online at  www.dukevideo.com/oliversmount

Oliver’s Mount 2019: Entries now open for Barry Sheene Classic

First published – 02/05/19

Entries open for Olivers Mount

Entries have opened for the 2019 Barry Sheene Classic races, taking place at Oliver’s Mount on 27 and 28 July, with classics, supertwins and even sidecars among the machines eligible to race.

Riders (and passengers) have until Friday 28 June to submit their entries, with organisers treating applications on a first come, first served basis.

Revealed in a statement released earlier today, head of the organisation committee Eddie Roberts said: “We finally took hold of the keys to the track at the weekend and we’re moving in.

“Everything is coming together as planned,” Roberts added. “We’ve been inundated with racers asking about entries, and we are expecting the demand to be high.

“We will also be announcing ‘star’ riders shortly. It’s an exciting time and we really appreciate all the support via our social media channels.”

Those wanting to take part should email the entries secretary, Hayley Colebrook, at 243rra@gmail.com or visit the website now.

Oliver’s Mount 2019 racing classifications:

  • Lightweight Class – Two-stroke race machines up to 250cc (01.01.1973 – 31.12.2004) 
  • Junior Classic – 175cc-350cc two-stroke (pre 31.12.1993) and four-stroke (pre 31.12.1986) 
  • Senior Classic – 350cc-500cc (pre 31.12.1972) 
  • Classic Superbike – 501cc – 1300cc (pre 31.12.1992) 
  • F2 Sidecars – To 2019 ACU regulations (no long outfits or 675cc) 
  • Supertwin – 650cc road-based water-cooled twins to Lightweight TT regulations and stock 650 road-based water-cooled twins
  • Junior Modern 600cc – 600cc four-cylinder four-stroke, 675cc three-cylinder four-stroke

Ticket prices for Oliver’s Mount in 2019

Carl Fogarty leads at Scarborough in 1989

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2019 Olivers Mount road racing meeting.

Advance tickets are available from Duke on 01624 640024 or online here.

As announced in March 2019, the Barry Sheene Classic (July 27-28) and Gold Cup (September 28-29) have been scheduled and two hill climb events are also in the pipeline.

Ticket prices have been confirmed for Oliver’s Mount, after it was announced that road racing would return to the Scraborough circuit in 2019.

Entry to both the Gold Cup and Barry Sheene Classic will be the same price, with on the gate admittance costing £20 on Saturday, £25 on Sunday, or £40 for a full weekend ticket.

Those wishing to camp in either a tent, caravan or motorhome will have to pay a charge of £10 per night on the gate, too.

If you would like to purchase an advanced ticket, then prices are the same as above, however camping is free. What’s more, children under 15 may enter and camp for free.

Paddock passes will be available at £10 each on the gate, however have a limited availability.

The racing comeback at Olivers Mount

Both meetings have been given the go-ahead by the ACU, once again giving the green light to racing on the challenging and undulating 2.43-mile public road race track; something they say could never have been possible without the additional support of the 1946 Marshal Association and Shaun Dalton.

Eddie Roberts, the event’s joint licencee with Mick Grant, has been instrumental in getting Oliver’s Mount back on the racing map, and told MCN: “Behind the scenes there’s been months and months of planning, but finally we can confirm road racing is set to return to Oliver’s Mount.

Oliver's Mount action from 1984

“We are working side-by-side with the ACU and work is already underway to improve the safety of the track for both riders and spectators. We know it’s a huge task to undertake, but we are 100% confident that racing will take place at Oliver’s Mount this year.”

Mick Grant, seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winner at Oliver’s Mount, who has been working with Roberts to bring racing back to Scarborough, added: “I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the early 1950s and it ignited my passion for racing.

“We couldn’t let this historic track crumble into the history books. We need road racing in England, it’s one of the finest tracks in the world; it’s unique. I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again.”

Key to Roberts’ and Grant’s success has been convincing the council that racing can safely return to the track, but Scarborough Borough Council leader, Cllr Derek J Bastiman, is confident that the team will deliver what’s needed.

“I am particularly impressed with their proposals for bringing the circuit in line with the stringent safety requirements set out by the ACU,” he said.

The safety updates are in response to two serious incidents at the 2017 Gold Cup, which saw riders and spectators suffer injuries when bikes left the circuit, striking fans.

This led to a comprehensive risk assessment of the Scarborough circuit being carried out, the findings of which led to the ACU requesting a list of additional safety improvements that the event promoters couldn’t deliver in time to save the 2018 fixtures.

This year’s news sees that racing ban overturned and the start of a whole new chapter for the world-famous road circuit.

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