Race Report – Cock o’ the North – Oliver’s Mount

Race two was the first leg of the open and Daley was keen to break rival Dean Harrison’s 4-year winning streak. After a good start, Daley tucked in behind Dean and attempted a pass on memorial turn. The pass was a bit ambitious and Daley ended up on the grass, tipping off the bike and ending his race early.

Both Daley and the bike were undamaged and back on the track within 20 minutes for the last race of the day; the first leg of the senior. He once again tucked in behind the leader Harrison and this time didn’t attempt a premature pass. The two of them pulled away from the rest of the field and Dean put in a lap 0.100 seconds off the lap record. He put a gap between himself and Daley and ended the race three seconds ahead, strengthening Daley’s resolve to beat him on the second leg the following day.

Glorious sun shone down on Sunday morning, and with a day of racing already on the books, the track’s grip levels would be the highest in years. Daley took the Eddie Stobart BMW into the second leg of the senior and the race played out exactly the same as the first leg, with Dean narrowly pipping Daley to the finish.

In the second leg of the supersport Daley got into 4th place and progressed into 3rd; a 2nd place finish just out of reach.

The team made numerous changes to the bike ahead of the penultimate race and as before, the two rivals separated themselves from the pack, Dean unable to shake Daley. On the 2nd lap both riders broke the long-standing record set by Guy Martin, and both beat it again on the 6th, with Dean only marginally ahead of Daley. Harrison crossed the finish line just in front as they set a new fastest ever race time.

The final race of the weekend – the second leg of the open – sadly wouldn’t give Daley the opportunity he craved to beat Dean Harrison as he had to start from the back following the previous day’s tumble. Still, Daley managed to run through the pack and very happily finished in 2nd place.

Daley said, “I would never have believed I would go under Guy's lap record, even though I knew it would take that to beat Dean, but unfortunately he upped the game. Second fastest man around there is no mean feat. The Eddie Stobart BMW was outstanding all weekend." And the young rider once again thanked his sponsors, without whose support he wouldn’t have been able to take the huge steps he has this year.