Morecambe’s John McGuinness made a successful return to Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, last Sunday when he scored a brace of podiums in the two Superbike races.
Riding the Padgetts Honda Superstock machine, John took a strong third in the opening Superbike race and followed this up with an identical result in the feature International Gold Cup race.
Having missed Saturday’s races around the 2.43-mile public road circuit due to other commitments, John found himself a day behind his rivals but he soon got into the groove during the morning practice sessions and showed he’d be in contention when he qualified in second place for the eight-lap Gold Cup encounter.
With good conditions all around the woodland venue, the Superbike race was first up for John and a good start saw him grab the holeshot going into the tight Mere Hairpin.
His lead was short-lived as Dean Harrison found a way by and then Guy Martin, on the Tyco Suzuki Superbike, pushed him back to third a lap later.
There was little to choose between the front three for the next two laps but in the second half of the race Martin was able to us the extra power of his Superbike to edge away.
John was secure in third though and took his first podium of the day.
Later in the afternoon, John was back on the front row for the Gold Cup race and a lightning start again saw him grab the holeshot and an early lead.
This time though, he was to stay in front for longer and it wasn’t until lap three that Harrison and Martin managed to overhaul him.
Again, there was little to choose between the trio around the tight and narrow Oliver’s Mount circuit and with all three riders lapping in the 1m45s bracket, the huge crowd were being thoroughly entertained.
John duly crossed the line for his second third place of the day but it was close with just three seconds separating the top three.