Yorkshireman David Jefferies became only the second rider in history to lift the prestigious International Gold Cup on five occasions, when he stormed to a convincing victory in this weekends event, at the Oliver's Mount circuit, Scarborough.

After warming up with two victories in the earlier National Superbike races, Jefferies guided his V&M Racing Formula 1 spec R1 Yamaha to a comfortable start-to-finish Gold Cup victory, taking the chequered flag seven seconds ahead of Welshman Ian Lougher, with Irishman Ryan Farquhar a further nineteen seconds behind in third

With the race run in tricky damp conditions, Jefferies wasn't able to use his 175bhp to it's full potential, but he entertained the bumper crowd with some amazing high speed wheelies around the hilly Oliver's Mount circuit, and a rolling burnout after he took the chequered flag.

"I was enjoying every minute of it," said Jefferies. "It was a bit slippery in the early laps, but once you knew where the patches were you could ride accordingly. It's great to equal the all time record and go one better than Barry Sheene did. I'll definitely have to come back next year, to see if I can go one better."

Jefferies now joins Geoff Duke as the most successful rider around the Scarborough race track, in the fifty one year history of the International Gold Cup, The trophy which will once again be adorning the Jefferies household has been won by many of the all time greats in motorcycle racing.

Names like Carl Fogarty, Mick Grant, Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini, and John Surtees are just a few of the names that feature alongside, Geoff Duke and Barry Sheene.

Jefferies himself later confessed that he is already looking forward to re-writing the record books in 2002.

 

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