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Conor Cummins made a successful debut at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough over the course of last weekend and the Manxman vowed to return to the woodland circuit bigger and better in 2009.

The Ramsey rider was also having his first ever outing on a 250cc machine, courtesy of Terry Gilmour of TG Racing, and he steadily improved his times over the two days of race action.
Opting to use treaded tyres initially, as he got to grips with both the circuit and the two-stroke Honda, Conor was thoroughly enjoying himself and he was eagerly looking forward to the first of his two races, the Phil Mellor Trophy race. However, his race lasted little more than 500 yards as he highsided on the exit of Mere Hairpin on the opening lap. As two riders in front of him touched, Conor tried to capitalise but his over-eagerness on the throttle spelt disaster.
Unscathed and undeterred, he regrouped for Sunday’s eight-lap Lee Pullan Trophy race and his efforts were rewarded with a solid ride seeing him take a deserved 9th place at the chequered flag.
Commenting on his weekend at Scarborough, Conor said: “It’s been a brilliant meeting to be part of and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself so I definitely plan to be back stronger in 2009 with at least a 600cc machine. The atmosphere has been superb and I’ve met so many friendly people – it’s been brilliant. It was good to get a solid result in the 2nd race and, like I say, I’ve had a great time.
“It’s a mega circuit to ride on so I’ve got to say a big thank you to Terry Gilmour for the loan of the bike and for the opportunity and also to Paul Owen who gave me loads of help and advice in learning the course. I’m really looking forward to Silverstone now and ending the season on a high.”

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