Victories for Lintin and RC Express Racing at Scarborough
Ivan Lintin ensured his debut road race outing for the RC Express Racing team was a successful one at the weekend as he took second overall in the Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough on Sunday with a brace of third place finishes. The Lincolnshire also took three victories over the course of the two days, in Saturday’s 600cc and Sunday’s Senior and Lightweight races, finishing all of his other races inside the top four to complete a strong weekend around the tricky, 2.43-mile woodland circuit.
The weekend was marred by a series of stoppages, due to a combination of crashes and oil spills, and it was 2.45pm before racing got underway on Saturday but when it did Ivan was in sparkling form. He opened his account with a superb, start to finish victory in the Supersport race where, despite limited track time on the Kawasaki ZX-6R came home ahead of Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison.
He led the early stages of the Lightweight race too before having to settle for second behind James Cowton with his two remaining races being on the Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike. The Spring Cup saw him take an excellent third behind Guy Martin and Ryan Farquhar whilst fourth place was the outcome in the Senior although it was close with just two seconds separating second to fifth.
Weather conditions were a lot less favourable on Sunday with the dry weather of Saturday replaced by constant drizzle but it proved to be another strong day for the 30-year old with his first outing of the day giving him the aforementioned third place and Spring Cup success. He followed that up with the runners-up spot in the second leg of the Supersport race, which comfortably gave him the overall victory.
To wrap up an excellent weekend and ensure a 100% finishing record, Ivan took his second win of the weekend in the second leg of the Super Lightweight and completed the two days of action with an identical result in the Senior, which again secured him the overall victory.
“It’s been a successful weekend with good times in both the dry and wet, although it was certainly tricky on Sunday with the conditions being as they were. It was difficult on all of the bikes but we got good mileage in all of them, particularly the Superbike after my get-off at the Spanish test last month. We made the best of the weather and put on a show for all the fans that turned up whilst all of the bikes were working really well so it’s been a very pleasing weekend. To take a couple of wins and finish all eight races inside the top four has to go down as a good two day’s racing.”
Roy Constable, Team Co-Owner:
“We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and Ivan’s fitted in so well to the team, it’s almost left us a little surprised! It’s easy to forget he’s never ridden a Superbike before but he’s taken to it so well whilst to get a win first time out on the 600 was also great to see. We’re delighted to have signed such a quality rider to the team and on and off the bike Ivan’s a joy to work with. With three wins and top four finishes in all the other races, it’s been a great weekend in what has been difficult conditions and a great start to our road racing season.”
The next meeting for the team will be the first of the Internationals, the North West 200, which takes place from May 12th-16th.
Pictures by Jon Jessop Photography