Oliver’s Mount Stats

Oliver’s Mount Records and Stats 

It’s quite easy to see that with over 130 wins, Ian Lougher is the most successful rider ever in the 70-year history of Oliver’s Mount. Having come out of his brief retirement, three more wins in 2016 mean his race victories now span a staggering 27-year period with the veteran Welshman having racked up 135 wins and countless more podiums. It’s certainly fair to say his total will probably never be beaten.

Farquhar in second

Ryan Farquhar occupies second and had been chipping away at Lougher’s advantage but having suffered serious injuries at the 2016 North West 200 meeting, it looks like he’s now hung up the leathers for good. His total of 109 means he’s 26 wins adrift although the Northern Irishman’s feats are perhaps more impressive given his wins came in a shorter, 14-year period.

Palmer completes the top three

Chris Palmer sits in third overall having narrowly missed out on joining the ‘100 Club’ and although he’s some 30 clear of fourth placed Dean Harrison, such is the Bradford rider’s dominance now at Oliver’s Mount, he could well break the 100 mark. He took 24 wins in 2016 and another 18 in 2017, when he went through the season unbeaten, and it’s hard to see anyone getting the better of him in the 600cc and 1000cc races in the immediate future.

His 2017 tally saw him overhaul Guy Martin who drops back to fifth on the all-time list. The Lincolnshire rider has been one of the most dominant riders at Oliver’s Mount for the last decade and has pretty much ruled the roost in the Superbike class. However, having sat out the entire 2016 season it doesn’t seem likely we’ll see him back racing at the Mount if indeed anywhere.

Lightning Lintin

Next up is Ivan Lintin with the majority of his wins coming in the Supertwin class but the last few years have seen him be successful in the bigger classes too, the highlight being victory in the 2014 Gold Cup. He’s proven to be one of Harrison’s closest challengers and has nicked the odd 600cc or 1000cc win so, with four more wins being taken in 2017, his tally should continue to increase over the next few years.

He’s comfortable in sixth place and is now some 12 wins clear of the late David Jefferies who had a major impact on the venue during the 1990s, winning no less than five Gold Cups. Like Martin, he was near untouchable in the Superbike class although the man below him in the list, Jason Griffiths was just one such rider who regularly pushed him hard.

Classic legend Bob Heath is joint eighth on the list with three-time Gold Cup winner Dean Ashton, Heath’s wins spanning an impressive 23-year period. Meanwhile, Dan Frear became the latest rider to notch up more than 20 wins with three being taken in 2017.

Solos (20 wins or more)

Rider Wins Years
1. Ian Lougher 135 1989 – 2016
2. Ryan Farquhar 109 2001 – 2015
3. Chris Palmer 98 1991 – 2013
4. Dean Harrison 68 2010 – 2017
5. Guy Martin 63 2003 – 2015
6. Ivan Lintin 41 2008 – 2017
7. David Jefferies 29 1991 – 2001
8. Jason Griffiths 28 1993 – 2003
9. Bob Heath 27 1975 – 1998
= Dean Ashton 27 1988 – 2000
11. Mick Goodings 25 2005 – 2013
12. Phil Mellor 23 1979 – 1987
13. Mick Grant 22 1972 – 1984
= Paul Coward 22 1997 – 2010
15. Daniel Frear 21 2008 – 2017

Sidecar (5 wins or more)

In a career that saw him start successfully on two wheels, a number of leg and foot injuries ultimately saw the late Ian Bell move to the Formula Two sidecar class and he went on to be the dominant force around Oliver’s Mount with 65 wins to his name.

The Bell’s

Having briefly retired from the sport, Bell returned with son Carl in the chair and the 2003 Isle of Man TT winner and British Champion has more than double the number of wins of second placed Conrad Harrison. His victories span an even longer period than Bell’s with his maiden victory coming in 1993.

Bell’s total grew by two after the first meeting of 2016 and would have continued to have done so at the three remaining meetings but he tragically lost his life at the Isle of Man TT, a great loss to the sport.

Third on the list is Eddy Wright who’s tasted victory in both the F2 and Classic classes and he’s four ahead of Manxman Dave Molyneux with his 16 wins placing him fourth. The 17-times TT winner’s victories span 17 years but he’s been far from a regular at Oliver’s Mount during this time and his record would surely be higher if he had have been.

Three drivers are tied on 13 wins headed by the late Dave Saville who was one of the pioneers of the F2 class when it was introduced in 1984 and he was regularly locked in battle with Wright during this period.

Nick Crowe, like Molyneux, was never a Oliver’s Mount regular but when he was on the entry he was successful and he still holds the outright lap record for the class, set way back in 2007. Nigel Connole is the other driver on 13 wins with his victories coming in a four year period between 2004 and 2007.

Tim Reeves moved on to eight wins after his hat-trick at the 2016 Gold Cup meeting and, as expected, the list is dominated by drivers from the modern F2 era. The highest from the Open class is Charlie Freeman who took seven wins between 1960 and 1965.

Rider Wins Years
1. Ian Bell 65 1995 – 2016
2. Conrad Harrison 30 1993 – 2015
3. Eddy Wright 22 1985 – 2005
4. Dave Molyneux 16 1998 – 2015
5. Dave Saville 13 1984 – 1993
= Nick Crowe 13 2001 – 2008
= Nigel Connole 13 2004 – 2007
= Steve Ramsden 13 2004 – 2017
9. Greg Lambert 12 1998 – 2003
10. Tony Thirkell 8 2003 – 2017
= Tim Reeves 8 2009 – 2016
12. Charlie Freeman 7 1960 – 1965
= Rod Bellas 7 1998 – 2017
14. Rob Fisher 6 1993 – 1994
= Dave Wallis 6 1995 – 2016
= Tony Elmer 6 2005 – 2011

Fastest Laps

Between 1946 and 1990, the 2.43-mile Oliver’s Mount circuit remained exactly the same in its layout and the years naturally saw the outright lap record increase. Geoff Duke was one of the first great riders to hold the record, his lap of 2m05.4s on the factory Gilera in 1955 standing for seven years before it was beaten by Peter Middleton.

John Cooper claimed the record in 1965 with a lap of 2m03.8s and the first sub-two minute lap wasn’t far away, or so we thought. Cooper’s lap stood for seven years though and it took a world champion to wrestle it from the Derby rider’s grasp with Finnish legend Jarno Saarinen lapping at 1m59.8s at September’s International Gold Cup meeting of 1972. Even more amazing was that Saarinen was making his debut at the circuit!

The two-stroke era

The two-stroke era was well and truly upon us now and Charlie Williams and Mick Grant both went quicker in 1973 although Phil Read gave the four-strokes a glimmer of hope in 1975 when he lapped at 1m56.0s on the 500cc factory MV Agusta on his way to winning a second Gold Cup.

It was only a brief revival though and 1976 saw the record obliterated as Grant and Sheene went head to head on their factory Kawasaki and Suzuki machines. That year’s Gold Cup saw the duo both lap at 1m50.8s although Sheene went over two seconds quicker just a year later.

Barry Sheene at Oliver’s Mount

Indeed, the double World Champion would continually lap quicker over the next few years, eventually setting a best lap of 1m46.2s in 1981, a record that would stand for five years before Trevor Nation finally bettered it with a lap of 1m46.0s in July 1986.

Foggy and Whit

A year later it was broken again, this time by Roger Marshall at 1m45.5s before fellow Suzuki rider James Whitham went 0.2s quicker in 1988. However, it was Carl Fogarty who finally claimed the old circuit lap record for good in 1989 when he took his RC30 Honda around at 1m45.1s.

This lap remained in the record books for good as, for 1991 the Farm Bends section was added, initially adding almost ten seconds back onto a lap of the circuit.

Phillip McCallen 

In 1994, multiple TT winner Phillip McCallen lapped at 1m47.5s on his Honda RC45 and he held the outright lap record for no less than ten years before Guy Martin finally went quicker. The Lincolnshire rider went quicker still over the next few years but it was Ryan Farquhar who had the honour of posting the first ever sub 1m45s lap when he went round in 2009 in 1m44.932s.

However, Martin reclaimed the record in 2013 after a titanic battle with Dean Harrison and the record remained until June 2017 when Harrison lapped, amazingly, almost a second quicker as he became the first rider to dip into the 1m43s bracket.

Daley Mathison, who didn’t even feature in the top 15 fastest riders coming into 2017, was also on sparking form that day to become the second rider ever to have lapped the Oliver’s Mount circuit.

Two more riders broke into the top 15 in 2017, the late Daniel Hegarty and Jamie Coward, the former the ninth quickest rider and someone who had taken to the circuit like the proverbial duck to water and who surely would have gone even quicker had he sadly not lost his life at the Macau Grand Prix.

Fastest 15 solo riders 

 Rider Time Speed Year
1. Dean Harrison (1000 Kawasaki) 1m43.362s 84.630mph 2017
2. Daley Mathison (1000 BMW) 1m44.175ss 83.970mph 2017
3. Guy Martin (1000 Suzuki) 1m44.269s 83.898mph 2013
4. Ryan Farquhar (1000 Kawasaki) 1m44.932s 83.368mph 2010
5. Ian Hutchinson (1000 Honda) 1m45.044s 83.279mph 2010
6. Ivan Lintin (1000 Honda) 1m45.385s 83.010mph 2014
7. Lee Johnston (1000 Honda) 1m45.414s 82.987mph 2014
8. Michael Pearson (1000 BMW) 1m45.620s 82.825mph 2011
9. Daniel Hegarty (1000 Honda) 1m45.760s 82.716mph 2017
10. John McGuinness (1000 Honda) 1m45.796s 82.687mph 2010
11. Jamie Coward (1000 BMW) 1m45.990s 82.536mph 2017
12. Jamie Hamilton (1000 Kawasaki) 1m46.159s 82.405mph 2012
13. Ian Lougher (1000 Yamaha) 1m46.349s 82.257mph 2009
14. Steve Mercer (1000 Honda) 1m46.524s 82.122mph 2011
15. Michael Dunlop (1000 Honda) 1m46.664s 82.015mph 2012

Fastest 10 sidecars

Just like the solo class, the sidecar lap record has been held by some illustrious names whether it was the Open class, which ran in 1947 and from 1954 until 1981, or the Formula Two class which has been on the programme since 1984.

Holders of the lap record in the 1950s included British ace Pip Harris and World Champion Willi Faust before Swiss legend Florian Camathias took over in 1959. During this period, most of the sidecar World champions competed at the Gold Cup and the 1960s were no exception with Helmut Fath, Fritz Scheidegger and Max Deubel amongst them.

Camathias held the lap record though from 1959 until 1965 when Scheidegger took control with a lap of 2m16.0s. This mark stood for two years before Fath took it back for Germany only for fellow countryman Siggi Schauzu to go quicker in 1970.

Records shattered in 1972

However, the outright lap record was shattered in 1972 by reigning World Champion Klaus Enders who took almost 10 seconds off Schauzu’s best. The pace was moving on in the sidecars just as it was in the solos and Mac Hobson restored English pride in 1974 when he not only beat Schauzu and Werner Schwarzel in the race but also brought the lap record back home.

The Geordie was the first driver to lap Oliver’s Mount in less than two minutes, which he did in 1976 with a lap of 1m58.3s. Schwarzel and his rapid Aro were hard to beat around Scarborough though and in 1977, he went almost three seconds quicker at 1m55.6s to take the record back to Germany.

Greasley and Sheene

This mark remained unbeaten until 1979 when Dick Greasley lapped at 1m53.8s at September’s Gold Cup meeting when only Barry Sheene and his factory Grand Prix Suzuki were timed quicker along the bottom straight!

It was Greasley who had the honour of the fastest ever lap in the Open class with his lap of 1m52.7s in 1980 never being beaten as the last race was run in September the following year. Indeed, this remains the fastest ever sidecar lap at Oliver’s Mount as, unlike the solos, the fastest lap with the Farm Bends section remains over half a second slower.

After being absent for three years, the sidecars returned in 1984 but with the smaller F2 outfits and the best lap in their first ever race was over 25 seconds slower than Greasley’s mark set four years before.

Dave Saville, Eddy Wright and Joe Heys were the main exponents for almost a decade although it was Andre Witherington who set the first sub 2-minute lap on an F2 machine in 1988. It was Saville though who had the honour of the fastest ever lap prior to Farm Bends being introduced with a lap of 1m57.3s in 1990.

Hallam vs Wright vs Fisher vs Molyneux vs Bell

After that, lap speeds were increased by over ten seconds but the 1990s saw the likes of Craig Hallam, Wright, Rob Fisher, Dave Molyneux and Ian Bell all have their turn holding the record, the last named posting the first sub-two minute lap on the new layout.

However, it’s Nick Crowe and Mark Cox who now hold the outright lap record for the chairs with their lap of 1m53.495s from 2008 still standing. The closest anyone has ever come to this came in September 2015 when Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance became the first crew to get to within one second of Crowe’s stunning lap.

As well as Reeves/Farrance, the biggest improvers of late have been Steve and Matty Ramsden with the Yorkshire duo becoming just the fourth crew to post a sub-1m55s lap. The evergreen Dave Wallis also set a new personal best lap in 2016 to move up to seventh fastest of all time whilst Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie moved into the top ten in 2017…

Team Time Speed Year
1. Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox (600 Honda) 1m53.495s 77.078mph 2008
2. Tim Reeves/ Patrick Farrance (600 Honda) 1m54.444s 76.439mph 2015
3. Ian Bell/ Carl Bell (600 Yamaha) 1m54.580s 76.348mph 2015
4. Steve Ramsden/ Matty Ramsden (600 Honda) 1m54.755s 76.232mph 2016
5. Dave Molyneux/ Ben Binns (600 Suzuki) 1m55.121s 75.941mph 2015
6. Conrad Harrison/ Lee Patterson (600 Honda) 1m55.735s 75.886mph 2015
7. Dave Wallis/ Harry Payne (600 Suzuki) 1m56.428s 75.137mph 2016
8. Lee Crawford/ Scott Hardie (600 Suzuki) 1m56.489s 75.097mph 2017
9. Tony Elmer/ Darren Marshall (600 Yamaha) 1m56.684s 74.972mph 2009
10. Dean Lindley/ Robert Bell (600 Suzuki) 1m56.887s 74.842mph 2014

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Oliver’s Mount Lap Records

Outright Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) 1m43.362s 84.630mph 2017
80cc Steve Lawton (Eberhardt) 2m14.5s 65.04mph 2000
125cc Chris Palmer (Honda) 1m55.7s 75.61mph 1997
250cc John McGuinness (Honda) 1m49.3s 80.04mph 1999
Supersport 400cc Daniel Frear (Kawasaki) 1m52.851s 77.518moh 2009
Supertwins Ivan Lintin (Kawasaki) 1m49.944s 79.568mph 2014
Single Cylinder Alex Hutchinson (450 Simoto) 1m56.811s 74.890mph 2007
Supersport 600cc Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) 1m45.682s 82.77mph 2017
Superbike Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) 1m43.362s 84.630mph 2017
Production 1000cc Ian Lougher (Honda) 1m48.25s 80.808mph 2005
F2 Sidecar Nick Crowe/ Mark Cox (Honda) 1m53.495s 77.078mph 2008

Classic Lap Records

Classic 125cc Andy Cooper (MBA) 2m12.7s 65.92mph 1999
Classic 250cc Gary Long (Suzuki) 2m07.3s 68.72mph 1997
Classic 350cc Bob Heath (AJS) 2m03.6s 70.78mph 1996
Classic 500cc Olie Linsdell (Paton) 1m57.616s 74.441mph 2010
Classic Superbikes Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) 1m48.738s 80.450mph 2016
Battle of the Twins David Jefferies (Ducati) 1m57.9s 74.20mph 1991
UK F1 Dean Harrison (Kawasaki) 1m48.738s 80.540mph 2016
UK F2 Phil Stead (Yamaha) 1m55.530s 75.72mph 2017

Golden Era

Golden Era Junior Pete Turnbull (Rotax) 1m59.8s 73.02mph 1996
Golden Era Senior David O’Leary (Suzuki) 1m57.1s 74.71mph 1995
Golden Era Sidecar Rod Ballas/ Geoff Knight (750 Yamaha) 2m08.052s 68.316mph 2008

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