MOTORBIKE RACING: Speed acde Lintin makes the perfect start

SPRING CUP OLIVERS MOUNT 2014
SPRING CUP OLIVERS MOUNT 2014

Bardney speed ace Ivan Lintin started his 2014 road racing season in perfect style at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, last Sunday.

He notched two victories in the Supertwin races and three more top four finishes in the Superbike and Supersport races.

Lintin was in imperious form on the 650cc Tigcraft Kawasaki and once he’d overhauled Ryan Farquhar in each Supertwin race, he duly opened up a comfortable gap to control from the front.

In ideal racing conditions, Ivan set the fastest lap of the race on each occasion and he eventually ran out victor in the two races by 2.3 seconds and 5.9 seconds respectively.

He also enjoyed strong results on the 600cc and 1000cc Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda’s, particularly the latter where he took an excellent second place behind Guy Martin in the feature Ian Watson Trophy Superbike race,

Having only his second ever outing on a 1000cc machine around the 2.43-mile woodland circuit, Lintin had earlier claimed a solid fourth place in the first 8-lap Superbike race.

In the solitary Supersport 600cc race, Lintin had to work hard to come through the pack after suffering a sluggish start.

He was outside the top six on the opening lap but by half race distance, he had worked his way up to fourth which is where he finished after eight more challenging laps.

Lintin said: “To come away with the results I have done is very pleasing. The Supertwin is really dialled in now after a good couple of year’s development and anytime you defeat Ryan in the class has to go down as a good, satisfying result as he’s so strong on the 650s.

“I was particularly pleased with the results on the big bike as I’ve only ridden a 1000 at Scarborough once and that was way back in 2008 and it’s been like starting all over again.

“I’ve got a lot to learn so have just been taking it step by step but I did a 1m47s lap which is easily my fastest ever lap here.

“I got the job done and it’s the perfect way to start the year and ideal preparation for the North West 200 and TT.”