BRADFORD’S Silicone Engineering rider Dean Harrison earned victory at the standout Bob Smith Spring Cup race at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough on Sunday.

The 8-lap special began, however Lee Johnston, Harrison's nemesis was absent from the race due to an issue with his front brake calliper.

Jim Hind and Paul Jordan also headed back to the pits after the warm-up lap, ensuring Harrison had the opportunity to capitalise on the absence of his nearest competitors, and of course the Bradford man delivered.

The opening two laps were a tight affair, as Davey Todd pressured Harrison, however it wasn't long before

the favourite eased away from his closest opponent.

Todd came second, however Harrison was able to cruise to a victory margin of 4.77s.

The Bradford speedster also competed in another five races over the weekend, winning a total of five out of six, and crashing out of one.

And Harrison was delighted to be back competing after a long year away.

He said: "It was great to be back again and seeing the crowd in attendance.

"Also, it was good to get on the bike and work with the team again after a long time out. All in all, it was a successful weekend and thankfully the weather was better than the forecast suggested."

Discussing his performances over the weekend, Harrison said: "I definitely felt the rustiness, but everyone is in the same boat.

"Everyone was a little bit rusty, but the lap times were still fast, and we won five races over the weekend, including the feature Bob Smith Spring Cup race.

"It was just nice to win a race again to be fair, and to be able to feel that winning feeling once more.

"Funnily enough, there was a man doing statistics there over the weekend, and he told me that I've won 100 races at Oliver's Mount racecourse, which I was very surprised with.

"I was over the moon with it. It felt great, but It was something I didn't expect to hear."

Lee Johnston, Harrison's arch-rival, pulled out the Bob Smith Spring Cup race and Harrison feels it may have worked to his advantage.

He said: "It was a benefit to me of course. He had a break issue I think, so that caused him some problems.

"Break problems around Scarborough are quite common though."

Fans were in attendance at the races, watching on as Harrison turned on the heat, and the Bradfordian was delighted to have them spectating again.

He said: "It was brilliant to have the fans back in attendance.

"I think it was restricted to 4000 per day, which is still a fantastic number of fans to have there, but they were spread out, with the course being a larger one.

"It was just nice to see everyone smiling again, getting out and spending time with friends and family.

"Everyone was clearly enjoying themselves and I don't blame them. People have been stuck inside, and hopefully it's the start of bringing some normality back to people's lives."