MOTORCYCLING: Bardney racer Lintin wraps up season in style

Ivan Lintin enjoyed a successful last race weekend to round off his season. Photo: Steve McKenna
Ivan Lintin enjoyed a successful last race weekend to round off his season. Photo: Steve McKenna

Bardney road racer Ivan Lintin wrapped up his 2015 international road racing season in fine style at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, over the weekend with a host of wins and podiums over the course of the two days.

The weekend suffered vastly different conditions with heavy rain on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday, but Ivan was equally comfortable in both the wet and dry, and opened his account on Saturday afternoon with a good second in the opening Supersport 600cc race. This was immediately followed by victory on the Kawasaki ER6 650cc machine in the first leg of the Lee Pullan Trophy, a race that saw the rain at its heaviest.

Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from the Cock o’ the North Superbike race on the final lap, whilst holding on to a good second, but he completed his day with another second place in the eight lap Senior race.

Sunday saw much better weather with the sun shining on the 2.43-mile course and Ivan’s first outing was in the feature Gold Cup race, which he won 12 months previously. His task was made much harder this time by a lowly grid position and by the time he had worked his way up to second, race leader Dean Harrison was some distance ahead and he had to settle for the runner-up spot.

It was a similar story in the second Supersport 600cc race but he fought his way through the field to claim third place on this occasion. His second win of the weekend came on the ER6 which enabled him to retain the Lee Pullan Trophy, and he completed his busy weekend with a good third in the second Superbike race.

Ivan said he was happy enough with his weekend’s racing: “I’ve taken some good results across the classes. It was slightly disappointing to be so far back in the Gold Cup race but I went out in qualifying with a slick tyre when an intermediate would have been the better option, but I fought through well to take second.

“The Supersport races were again tough and the pace Dean, Lee [Johnston] and myself were going at was pretty much lap record pace all the way through, so they were enjoyable races.

“It was nice to get two more wins in the Lightweight races too, especially the second one when James Cowton made me work for it. It was a busy two days and my arms were aching quite a bit by the end of it but it’s been a good meeting for us and good to end the year strongly.”