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Hind and Lougher in the mix at Spring Cup



It was a successful Spring Cup for Team ILR as the team made the familiar trip to Oliver's Mount for the return of the popular race meeting, with the team's talented Jim Hind again among the winners as he put in performances that belied his young age, and Ian Lougher put in some great performances on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale S1-R Paton and was one of the busiest men in the paddock.


On only his third appearance at the circuit Hind won the overall award for the Supersport class and picked up two Supertwins race wins over the weekend.
This along with typically solid performances by renowned Oliver's Mount expert Ian Lougher provided the basis for a great weekend for Team ILR.

It was very slippery during practice on Saturday morning, but the early morning rain had thankfully stopped as the action proper began with Hind in action in the opening Supersport Heat over 5 laps, the race was won by Lee Johnston by 2.34 seconds from Mike Norbury with Jim in a very secure third a further 2.7s back on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale ZX-6. 


The first day also saw two heats for the Supertwins with Jim joined by his mentor Ian Lougher on Team ILR - Mark Coverdale S1-R Patons. 

Jamie Coward took the first race by 8.1 seconds, Lougher meanwhile was riding a great race and he determinedly defended second place for four laps from Adam McLean before just losing out on the last lap. Hind was in action in the second heat and after a great race he took the win from Rob Hodson by the narrowest of margins with just 0.439s between the two at the flag. 


Sunday's opening Supersport race saw Hind once again ride strongly on the 600. 

With Lee Johnston clear at the front Jim slotted himself into 4th behind Dean Harrison and Dominic Herbertson. Harrison crashed out on the third lap as Hind set about closing the gap to second placed Hertbertson and within a lap he was right on his rear wheel as the battle for second began in earnest. Johnston took the win and the end of a frantic battle saw Herbertson just edge second from Hind by 0.06 seconds. 


There was disappointment for Hind in the Feature Spring Cup race as rain before the start gave way to sunshine making tyre choice a lottery, and with Jim out on the warm-up lap on the wrong tyres the team took the sensible and safe decision to withdraw the ZX6 from the race. 


The first of two Supertwins Group A races also ended in disappointment before it began as Hind and Lougher were both retirements after the warm-up lap, but they repaid the team's hard work in an exciting second encounter. From pole Adam McLean grabbed the lead with Mike Norbury, Hind and Lougher pressing hard. 

On the second lap Jim grabbed second from Norbury with Ian close behind and the Welshman soon took third and move clear of Norbury as Hind began his challenge for the race win. 

On the last lap Jim brilliantly made his move at Drury's Hairpin and went on to hold off Ulsterman McLean by 0.447 seconds for another Oliver's Mount win to add to his tally, with Ian bringing the second Paton home in a secure third. 


Hind had another superb ride in the second Supersport Group A race. 

With Dean Harrison dominating at the front, attention turned to the race for second with Jim involved in a great tussle with Herbertson, Norbury and Joey Thompson. It was a terrific race before Hind put time into them all to take second 3.4 seconds behind Harrison and 2.35s clear of third placed Norbury. 

Jim's 20 points was enough to give him the Road Racing News Supersport A title and further cement his fast growing reputation as one of the Oliver's Mount star riders. 


Hard work combined with great teamwork and great performances on the track had paid dividends for Team ILR at the Spring Cup, and the focus for the team now turns to short circuit action with a return to the BSB paddock at Oulton Park at the end of June where Joe Loughlin will ride the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale R6 Yamaha, with team boss Ian Lougher also mentoring James Alderson in the Junior Superstock on his 675 Triumph.

Team ILR owner - manager Ian Lougher:
"Oliver's Mount is always very challenging and this time was no different.
It was soooo nice just to be going racing again, even catching up with everybody from the various teams was a pleasure after such a long time.
The weather was fairly kind to us, only giving us a hard time just before the feature race where we chose wets instead of dry tyres for Jim's ZX6 Kawasaki.
The sun came out so Jim had no choice but to retire to the paddock after the warm up lap.
Jim is a star in the making and we all at Team ILR/Mark Coverdale thoroughly enjoy working with him.
His results get better and better and on only his third visit to the track he claimed the 600 class win overall.
His win in the second twins race was just a measure of his versatility too...mega.
For myself I felt I rode well considering not sitting on a bike for 8 months and was pleased with my results, but it was a shame we both suffered a small mechanical issue in the first twins race which lead to our retirement.
A big thank you to Mark and all our team for working so hard over the weekend, and a massive thanks to the organisers and marshals for putting on a great meeting. "

Jim Hind:
"Another fantastic weekend working with Team ILR once again, it is a faultless operation that they run and I really can't thank Ian and the team enough.
It was just good, a chilled out time, with lots learned and plenty of quick racing done in the process. " 

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Lougher and Hind To Race At Spring Cup




Team ILR's owner - manager Ian Lougher and Jim Hind are both set to return to Oliver's Mount at the forthcoming Spring Cup meeting.
Hind was impressive last year when he made his only two appearances to date around the iconic 2.41 miles of England's only roads circuit. And at last year's Gold Cup he showed why he is being tipped for the top as he put all three of his bikes on pole during qualifying and consistently lapped among the front runners all weekend on what was only his second visit to the circuit following his debut there just three weeks previously.
Over the course of the weekend Jim came away with no fewer than six podiums including a 2 & 4 Stroke double win, a fourth in the feature Gold Cup race and some impressive rides in the Supersport class, greatly impressing team boss and mentor Ian Lougher in the process.
As in 2020, Hind will again have the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale S1-R Paton and ZX-6R Kawasaki at his disposal.

Oliver's Mount specialist Ian Lougher holds the record for the number of race wins around Oliver's Mount and he will also be competing on one of the team's Patons at the Spring Cup.
This, along with mentoring and supporting young Hind, will ensure that the ever popular Welshman will once again be kept busy behind the scenes as well as on track.
Last year's outings at Oliver's Mount also provided Ian with the ideal opportunity to develop the S1-R Paton in readiness for 2021.

The 2021 Oliver's Mount Spring Cup takes place over the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May.

                   


Solid Debut for Loughlin at Oulton Park 



Team ILR brought the curtain down on a Covid 19 decimated race season with a return to the British Supersport Championship paddock after a year's absence. 
In the close season team owner-manager
 Ian Lougher and main sponsor Mark Coverdale had decided to take the team in a different direction in 2020 by cutting back on BSB participation and choosing instead to concentrate the team's efforts on the pure roads.  

However in keeping with the team's ethos of rider development, both were pleased to support exciting Irish rider Joe Loughlin in his BSB debut, his second appearance with the team having rode brilliantly in Team ILR colours at the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix. 
Loughlin's first appearance at BSB coincided with his first look at the Oulton Park circuit and as a result both he and the team viewed the meeting as an experience building exercise.
  

With advice from team boss Lougher, Joe took things steady from the off and had a good solid run in Free Practice 1 finishing in 18th, in the second session he improved by almost 1.5 seconds and qualifying saw him go faster by another second so he was certainly moving in the right direction. 

Loughlin then had a good Sprint race, and knocked yet another second off his best lap time as he came from the tenth row of the grid to finish just outside the points in 16th.

Unfortunately Joe's Oulton adventure came to an early end in Sunday's Feature race when he came to grief at the Turn One right hander at Old Hall, thankfully without injury.  

Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher
"We had planned with Joe to contest the Oulton BSB meeting in May in readiness for the forthcoming North West 200 and TT events, to help get him up to speed, but because of Covid the May meeting got cancelled and we decided to take in the September races instead. 
To be fair I probably pushed Joe into doing it a little as there's a long time before next year's North West, but it was a great opportunity to see how hard and fast the BSB pace is..there aren't any slow riders there. So it was straight in at the deep end for Joe with learning a new track and all aspects of the BSB regime, but he took to it brilliantly, learning fast, going roughly a second a lap faster each time out on track. 
I was impressed with him and all the team really enjoyed working with him. 
Unfortunately he took a tumble in his last race but luckily was unhurt, but he bettered his times once again, so was pleased with his progress."


Joe Loughlin:
"I had a great weekend at Oulton Park and enjoyed every bit of it. 
The track was great to ride especially with the good weather we got. 
We had a good result in the first race and was surprised with the times I got down to on my first time there. 
The team were faultless and it's a pity that I had a crash in the last race, but we will be back next year all going well. 
Thanks to Mark Coverdale, Ian, Asa, Jacko, Willy, Danny and all my loyal sponsors for giving me the opportunity to race in a BSB event which I thought I'd never be able to do." 

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Steve Henshaw Gold Cup Report: Oliver's Mount, Scarborough


Team ILR's talented Jim Hind was again among the winners at Oliver's Mount when the annual Steve Henshaw Gold Cup meeting took place over the iconic 2.41 miles of England's only roads circuit. 
The 20 year old showed why he is being tipped for the top as he put all three of his bikes on pole during qualifying and consistently lapped among the front runners all weekend on what was only his second visit to the circuit following his debut there just three weeks ago. 
A 1 minute 51.3 lap was good enough to claim Supertwins pole from Jamie Coward whilst he showed he can compete with the best by wrestling 600 pole from riders of the experience and calibre of Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison among others. 
On his 250 Jim was in supreme form and topped qualifying despite sitting out the second session. 
Over the course of the weekend Hind came away with no fewer than six podiums including a 2 & 4 Stroke double win, a fourth in the feature Gold Cup race after a terrific scrap with former Team ILR rider Joey Thompson (3rd) and some impressive rides particularly in the Supersport class. 
Race Day 2 however proved to be an eventful one as he dropped his 250 at Farm Bends whilst dicing for the 2 & 4 Strokes Race 3 lead with Thompson, then in the final Supersport Race he crashed out in spectacular fashion at the fast Esses section whilst battling for honours with Johnston and Harrison. 
Thankfully he only had mild concussion from this one. 

Meanwhile Team ILR owner-manager and Oliver's Mount specialist Ian Lougher was arguably one of the busiest men in the paddock as he juggled managing the team and of course mentoring his young protege Hind with the quiet, unassuming and professional manner for which he is renowned and respected. 
On top of all this Ian squeezed in some good rides in the Supertwins races, during which he took the opportunity to develop the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale S1-R Paton. 
Lougher also finished fourth overall in the Supertwins points, just one behind Hind. 

With great teamwork matched by great performances on the track, it was a satisfying and eventful visit to Oliver's Mount for Team ILR and the focus for the team now turns to short circuit action with a return to the BSB Supersport paddock this weekend with Joe Loughlin on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale R6 Yamaha.

Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher
"Once the dust settled after the latest Oliver's Mount Gold Cup meeting, we have had time to reflect on an up and down meeting for the team.
For myself personally I'm obviously not that chuffed with a brace of third and fourth place finishes, but I have taken the decision to develop the Paton's suspension in readiness for our riders at the major road races next year, so am quite happy with the progress we've made over both Scarborough meetings recently.
What is more important to me and has made me smile and happy is working with such a young intelligent rider like Jim, who on a 7 year old 600 qualified on pole in dry conditions in front of such great riders as Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison and others. Add to that pole on our Paton and pole on Jim's own 250 Yamaha (his own 250 which he saved up for himself from 13yrs of age and bought himself !!!!) Jim went on to impress with a couple of wins on the 250, seconds and thirds on the twin and a couple of fourths on the 600. Unfortunately he ended the 3 day meeting, in his last race of the weekend biting the dust coming off our ZX6, thankfully unhurt with only a bit of concussion.
It was such a shame as this was the first race he managed to get away with Dean and Lee and was the only rider over the weekend to get anywhere near them over the previous four races.
To put it in prospective ...in only his second visit to Oliver's Mount he lapped at 1m 47.1 only 0.7 off the previous lap record....to say I'm impressed isn't the right word.
Not only that, it was a pleasure to work with such a thankful, polite, hard working, down to earth young racer, with an equally nice family, which are not easy to find these days!!
Thank you to all the organisers and marshals who made the meeting able to go ahead.
A big thank-you for all their hard work to Mr Mark Coverdale, Jacko, Robert, Asa, Geoff, Julia and George.
Can't wait to work with you all again...mega. 
In closing, everyone at Team ILR passes on their best wishes for a speedy recovery to our main sponsor Mr. Mark Coverdale following his recent stay in hospital."

Jim Hind:
"I'm proper happy with how the Gold Cup went, I showed some good pace to run at the front and just need to take a step back and take my time.
Brilliant weekend, I can't thank Ian and the team enough for their efforts and understanding.
Can't wait for next year."  

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Team ILR target Oliver's Mount and British Supersport Championship returns 


Fresh from a successful outing at the Barry Sheene Classic at Oliver's Mount three weeks ago, Team ILR duo Ian Lougher and Jim Hind return to North Yorkshire this weekend to compete at the annual Gold Cup meeting. 
Both will again be on the immaculate
 Team ILR - Mark Coverdale S1-R Patons which were used to great effect last time out with Lougher scoring a race win to take his all-time Oliver's Mount winner's record to 141, he also registered third and fourth place finishes to show he is still very much at the cutting edge. 
Circuit and fastest newcomer Hind was a revelation at the Barry Sheene Classic, on top of race wins in the 250 class Jim had second, third and fourth place results on the Paton as well as giving a good account of himself in the Supersport class on the 
Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Kawasaki ZX-6R, a bike he will again ride this weekend. 

The Gold Cup is the first of two meetings over the coming weeks for the team with a return to the British Supersport Championship paddock pencilled in one week later at Oulton Park where another exciting young prospect 
Joe Loughlin returns to the team to compete on the Team ILR Mark Coverdale R6 Yamaha. 
This will be Loughlin's first visit to the Cheshire circuit and his debut at a BSB meeting, but like Hind he has proven in the past that he is a quick learner, and he is familiar with the team and its personnel having worked with Team ILR at last year's Ulster GP where he came so close to wins in both Supertwin races. 

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Lougher raises the bar as newcomer Hind impresses at Oliver's Mount 


 


Ian Lougher raised the Oliver's Mount circuit all-time winners record to a remarkable 141 wins with victory on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Paton S1-R in the second Supertwins race, as road racing resumed in challenging conditions at the three-day Barry Sheene Classic meeting. 

The Welshman also registered third and fourth place finishes in the other 'twins races, and this along with some fine rides by young circuit newcomer Jim Hind, capped a satisfying weekend for Team ILR. 

With the invaluable advice and assistance of Lougher in his corner and totally unfazed by unfamiliar machinery, a new circuit, and a lengthy delay to proceedings on the first day due to persistent mist, young Hind quickly got to grips with the twisty Scarborough course.

On the team's ZX-6R Kawasaki he qualified for the Supersport A class as well as setting fifth fastest time in the Supertwins, with Lougher on another Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Paton slotting nicely into third place in the timesheets. 


Saturday saw two Supertwins races with the first being red-flagged after the opening few laps.

On the shortened restart, it was Jamie Coward who took the honours from Dominic Herbertson with Ian taking the final podium spot in third, and Jim riding brilliantly to bring the other Paton home in fourth.

The second race also fell victim to an early red-flag but this time on the re-start it was a determined Lougher who quickly hit the front and, despite a strong challenge from Herbertson and Coward, Ian wasn't to be denied as he rode strongly to take the chequered flag for win number 141!

Meanwhile in the Supersport 600's Hind gave a good account of himself to finish the day with two soild Top 8 rides, with fifth in the opening race being a particular highlight. 


Day Two saw changeable weather and again two Supertwins and Supersport races for the team. 

In the opening Supertwins race on a wet track Ian uncharacteristically slid off without injury on the first lap at Drury's Hairpin leaving Jim to take up the Team ILR challenge, and this he did admirably with a superb ride to finish second behind TT Privateers Champion Coward and ahead of the experienced and talented Herbertson. 

Race Two saw a great tussle develop between Lougher and his young protege Hind with the only two Paton riders in the race having a great battle for third.

With Coward clear at the front, it was Hind who eventually got clear with two laps to go to claim third less than a second behind Herbertson with Ian settling for fourth. 

Hind capped a great Oliver's Mount debut with another excellent ride to finish 7th in the second Supersport A race of the day to also complete a very satisfying weekend for the team. 

Over the course of the weekend Jim was fastest newcomer and sixth quickest overall with a lap of 1.51.297 in the second Supersport race on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Ian meanwhile was 12th quickest overall with a lap in the Supertwins of 1.54.566 on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Paton S1-R.

A great effort by the whole team! 

In closing the thoughts and condolences of everyone at Team ILR are with the family and friends of Jeff Ward. 

Jeff was involved in a non-racing-related medical emergency after the Supertwin qualifying session on Friday afternoon and sadly passed away the following day. 

Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher

"It's fair to say after a lengthy wait to see if the racing would return to Oliver's Mount, that everybody was so pleased to get back in the paddock and out on track. 

I felt quite good from the off on our Team ILR/Mark Coverdale Paton qualifying 3rd. 

I went on to have some decent results over the weekend, but the plus point for me was working with our new team rider Jim Hind. 

The 20 yr old from Lincolnshire was a newcomer to Scarborough but impressed everybody including me with his ability to learn a new circuit in the most difficult of conditions and listen to everyone in his quest to improve his riding. 

He rode our 650 Paton and Kawasaki ZX6, both machines being new to him without breaking a sweat ...mega. 

A big thank-you must go to the Oliver's Mount organisers who have worked so hard to get the racing going again, and a massive thank-you to all our sponsors, especially our main sponsor Mark Coverdale who has given us so much support." 

Jim Hind

"I have really enjoyed my time at Oliver's Mount, I was a little apprehensive about the weekend but Team ILR and my family helped the weekend run spot on.

It was my first time on a Kawasaki Zx6 and really liked it, and the Paton was the first twin machine for me to ride and a beautiful bike to ride.

I can't wait to come back for the Gold Cup in September.

Thank-you to Ian and the team for making me feel so at home."

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*Ian Lougher TRACK DAYS 2020* 



A big thank-you to everyone who took part in, and helped out, at our popular Ian Lougher Track Days at the Pembrey Circuit in Wales. 
Above is just some of the feedback from some of the good folks who were in attendance.
But don't just take ours and their word for it, why not try it for yourself when we hope to return next year. 
You can keep up to date with the latest news on our Facebook page and hopefully we'll see you all in 2021. 
Watch this space!! 
 
 
Ian Lougher with guest instructors at the Ian Lougher Track Days in 2019

Learn from one of the best and hone your riding skills to the highest level at the Ian Lougher Track Days at Pembrey in Wales, where you will be under the guidance of ten times TT winner and widely acknowledged racing legend Ian Lougher.                 


Time Schedule: 

Sign-on at 7:30 ~ 
Briefing at 8:00 ~

Sessions from 9:00 - 17:00 
Lunch break from 12:30 - 13:30 

The Sessions: 
3 groups (Expert, Intermediate and Novice) 
6 sessions for each group 
(each session 20 mins) 

Cost: (*
Track Day Discount is available for Ian Lougher Racing Supporters Club members*) 
One Day £126 (including VAT) 
Two Days £245 (including VAT) 
To apply for booking please email 

loughers.sptc@gmail.com 

 
                            

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Membership is now open for the official Ian Lougher Racing (Team ILR) Supporters Club for 2020. 

You can now show your support for your favourite race team by becoming a member, or by becoming a Team Sponsor. 

Membership entitles you to receive discount for our 2020 Track Days in April (4th/5th) and August (1st/2nd) at Pembrey in Wales, where you will be under the guidance of ten times TT winner and widely acknowledged and respected racing legend Ian Lougher. 

You will also receive discount on Team ILR merchandise, as well as receiving an invitation to join our dedicated Supporters Club Facebook page and to our 2020 team party at a special price. 

Membership starts from £120 


Team ILR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2020 

Packages available from £600. 
email loughers.sptc@gmail.com


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Hind Set For Oliver's Mount Debut with Team ILR   
                  

In a road racing season decimated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Team ILR will have its first competitive outing of the year at this weekend's Barry Sheene Classic meeting at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough.

The most successful rider in the history of racing at Oliver's Mount Ian Lougher will be joined by exciting circuit newcomer Jim Hind for the 3-Day event, and the young Lincolnshire rider will no doubt avail himself of all the help and advice he will receive from Team ILR owner/manager Lougher.

Both will pilot the immaculate Team ILR/Mark Coverdale 650 Patons with Hind also competing on the Team ILR/Mark Coverdale ZX-6 Supersport machine in the 600 class. 

The young rising star met with Ian Lougher earlier this year and had pencilled in further appearances with the team in 2020 before the pandemic curtailed those plans, however the 20 year old is also lining up an appearance at the popular end of season Gold Cup meeting at the historic North Yorkshire circuit.

A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes and everyone involved is to be commended for their efforts in ensuring that racing takes place this weekend.


Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher ~

"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work with Jim Hind, a young rider who came to my attention at the 2019 Manx GP where he impressed me with not only his obvious ability but also his calm, unassuming nature and hard work ethic, traits that I look for in our team's riders. 

At Team ILR we are known for supporting, nurturing and developing young talent, and Jim fits in with our team ethos perfectly. 

As always, we will give him 100% support in the next natural progression of his career."


Jim Hind

"I'm really excited to be linking up with Ian Lougher and Team ILR at Oliver's Mount.

To work alongside someone of Ian's standing in the sport is an incredible opportunity and one that I know will take my racing to another level in terms of what I will learn from him. I can't wait!"


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2020 Team News 

Team ILR are pleased to announce that they will once again team up with two riders from the 2019 season Joe Loughlin and Masayuki Yamanaka, along with Stefano Bonetti and James Hind as the team sets its sights on the 2020 race season. 

Loughlin will pilot the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Paton Supertwin and Yamaha R6 at the North-West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix (subject to it taking place) as well as a few selected races leading up to the NW200. 

The young rider from Castleblayney was a sensation on the Paton at Dundrod in 2019 when he finished second in two thrilling Lightweight races by under one hundredth of a second to Paul Jordan and Christian Elkin respectively, and lapping at over 119mph.  

The highly experienced Stefano Bonetti is no stranger to race fans, and in 2019 the Italian National Anthem rang out around the famous Portstewart-Coleraine-Portrush Triangle circuit for the first time in the 90-year history of the North-West 200 when he took the honours with a superb ride in the Supertwin race. 

The fastest Italian to have ever lapped the 37.73-mile Mountain Course will also race a Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Paton at the North-West 200, the TT and the Ulster GP, and he will no doubt be hoping to give a good account of himself as he looks to repeat his 2019 North-West win and also build on his 6th place finish in the 2019 Lightweight TT. 

In James Hind the sport undoubtedly has a new star. 

Following a Mountain Circuit debut in 2018 in which he was second in the Newcomers Manx GP, 2019 saw the 19 year old make the break-through with a brilliant brace of wins in both Manx Grand Prix Lightweight races, as well as a third place ride in the Lightweight Classic TT behind Bruce Anstey and Davey Todd. 

He was also leading the Junior Manx GP race until his Yamaha R6 developed an oil leak, but not before he had set a new lap record with a speed of 121.77mph from a standing start, and he also led the Senior Manx GP on the opening lap until the R6 developed a throttle problem at Ballaugh Bridge.

In 2020, James will return to the Island for his Isle of Man TT debut, and he too will have a Team ILR - Mark Coverdale Paton at his disposal for the Lightweight TT.

Returning to the TT with Team ILR is Masayuki Yamanaka

The Japanese rider took full advantage of Ian Lougher and his team's experience at the 2019 TT to ride well in the second Supersport TT and register his fastest lap around the TT course with a speed of 115.659mph. 

Masayuki impressed everyone in the team with his preparation and attention to detail, and his infectious smile will be a welcome sight as he again competes at the 2020 races on the Team ILR - Mark Coverdale ER6 and Supersport ZX6 Kawasakis.

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Lougher at the Double

Team ILR owner/manager Ian Lougher took his record tally of race wins at Oliver's Mount to an incredible 140 when he returned to the circuit for the first time in two years following the abandonment of the 2017 Gold Cup, which subsequently saw road racing suspended at the famous North Yorkshire venue until former racers Mick Grant and Eddie Roberts, and the newly formed Two Four Three Road Racing Association stepped in to revive it in 2019. 

Lougher was entered in both the Lightweight races on one of the potent Team ILR - Mark Coverdale S1R Patons and he was immediately on the pace in practice and qualifying on Saturday morning to set himself up nicely for the first race in the afternoon. 

In one of the best races of the weekend, Ian took the initiative in the early stages as he moved past pole sitter and early leader Brad Vicars and settled in to defend his lead from Vicars, Dominic Herbertson and former protege Joey Thompson.

Vicars then dropped out of contention and eventually retired leaving a three rider battle for the win with Lougher displaying all his race guile, and using the speed of the Paton, to hold off a fierce challenge from Herbertson and Thompson.

The experienced Welshman wasn't going to be denied as he recorded the fastest lap of the race on the last lap to claim his 139th win at Scarborough by two bike lengths from Herbertson who took second on the Cowton Racing Kawasaki by a similar margin from Kramer mounted Thompson. 

Just over half a second covered the three riders. 

In contrast to Saturday's sunshine, Sunday saw low cloud, mist and rain descend on the seaside resort causing a delay to proceedings, and it was 4.30pm and still raining when the Lightweights came to the grid for the final race of the meeting. 

This time it was Thompson who got a flyer but Lougher was soon on his case and he took the lead and proceeded to stamp his authority on the race to open up a gap to Vicars and Herbertson.

Ian and the Paton were unstoppable, and he stretched his lead to take the chequered flag by just over seven seconds and further cement his place in the Oliver's Mount history books with win number 140. 

Ian Lougher

"After two years since my last visit to Scarborough I was feeling very pleased and excited to be back to be honest, as I've had some great races and many fond memories there.

Unfortunately at the eleventh hour due to noise restrictions we had to fit a quieter exhaust system, and with no time to refuel the bike on a Dyno I was expecting a very lame Paton.

But I was pleasantly surprised as the bike didn't seem to have lost any performance.

Saturday's race was close so it was a case of getting good starts, keeping concentration and getting past the backmarkers at the right time.

Sunday was very wet but I always enjoy those conditions and feel I rode well considering I don't ride very much these days. 

Huge credit and thanks goes to everyone in the team over the weekend, and also to the organisers, marshals and spectators." 

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Classic TT Report

Team ILR's ten times Isle of Man TT winner Ian Lougher paid his second visit to the island in 2019 to take part in the Classic TT races.  

As in previous years, Ian again teamed up with LayLaw Racing's Eddie Laycock and Gerry Lawlor to ride their TZ 250 Yamaha in the Lightweight Classic TT, and in the Senior Classic TT event Ian was once again entrusted to compete on the iconic MV Agusta owned by John Chapman

Practice week could best be described as something of a non-event, with bad weather blighting the practice programme and leaving very little in the way of track time and bike set-up. 

A few sessions did manage to survive the weather however, with the Yamaha going well and Lougher near the top of the Lightweight leaderboard. 

Senior practice was a different story however with the MV struggling, and Ian having the misfortune to stop twice and not get a complete lap in.  


Better weather thankfully arrived for race week, but the hard-working and professionally run John Chapman team had faced a race against time on the MV and unfortunately had to withdraw from the Senior Classic TT on Saturday afternoon, as Ian set his sights on the Lightweight Classic TT in the evening.

Riding at Number 3, he soon settled into his trademark steady rhythm on the first of the three lap race, as Bruce Anstey set a blistering pace to lead the race at Glen Helen, where Lougher went through the first timing point in fifth place. 

Ian pitted at the end of the first lap and the layLaw Racing team superbly and efficiently got him up and running again in one of the fastest pit-stops of the race at just over 40 seconds.  

The Welshman was riding brilliantly and was now up to third, just 15 seconds behind Davey Todd as the lights showed for the riders at Cronk ny Mona on Lap Two. 

Going on to the final lap, Lougher still held third and was 8 seconds up on Jamie Coward, but the threat from behind was now coming from a hard charging James Hind who had earlier received a time penalty for a pit-stop infringement.  

As they reached Ballaugh, Hind was now fourth just 3.4 seconds down on Ian and by the time they reached Ramsey Hairpin Hind had moved into third and he held on over the Mountain section to clinch the last podium spot from Ian who brought the LayLaw Racing Yamaha home in a secure fourth, but it had taken the fastest lap of the last circuit by Classic TT revelation Hind to overhaul Lougher. 


So a mixed Classic TT bag for Ian Lougher with the disappointment of a non-start in the Senior TT made up for by a fine ride in the Lightweight race. 

Ian Lougher

"The Classic TT is a meeting I really look forward to, it's not just that I get to ride two brilliant proper racing machines, but also get to work alongside two fantastic groups of people, with Laylaw Racing and John Chapman Racing.

I felt so sorry for John and the guys that we couldn't get to even start the Classic 500 race this time, after having a number of issues with the MV 500 in practice, but after a weather torn and short practice week unfortunately we were up against it to get the bike ready in time. Hopefully next time..!!!

The 250cc (Lightweight) is probably the best machine for me, it's a hard class to get the best out of the engine, carburation wise, but the most rewarding when things come together.

The Laylaw Yamaha TZ250 is a great bike and this time I think Eddie and the rest of the guys got it nearer than ever with the jetting, but although I felt I rode well I finished 4th and off the rostrum....sorry chaps.!!

But the most pleasing sight...even though I couldn't stand up there with him, was seeing Bruce back on a bike and climbing to the top...lost for words.

I'd like to thank all the people who worked alongside myself and Asa over the fortnight, we might not have won but we always have great craic."  


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At Team ILR we were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Morton on Monday September 10th 2018. 

"Morty" as he was affectionately known, was a long time friend and sponsor of Team ILR and he will be sadly missed. 

Morty's funeral will take place on Wednesday September 26th at 11am in Coychurch Crematorium, Brigend, South Wales. and our thoughts are very much with his family and many friends at this difficult time. 

Ian Lougher 
Team ILR owner-manager.










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Oulton Park  
June 25 - 27 

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''I really respect Ian and his guys, not only for their success on the track, but for the friendly reception and countless cups of coffee and biscuits afforded over the years whenever I have shown up at their garage.
I am sure that their success will continue.''

Professional Photographer
Graham Ravensdale
2020 Season  

British Supersport Championship: Oulton Park
Oliver's Mount Gold Cup
Barry Sheene Classic: Oliver's Mount
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2019 Season  


North-West 200

British Supersport Championship: Silverstone 
British Supersport Championship: Oulton Park
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2018 Season

Ian Lougher's Classic TT: Isle of Man

Ulster Grand Prix: Dundrod

Isle of Man TT Races
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2017 Season
Classic TT: Isle of Man
Cock O' the North Road Races: Oliver's Mount
Bob Smith Spring Cup: Oliver's Mount
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2016 Images

Isle of Man TT
Suter MMX 500 First Test: ASC Vairano Circuit
Bob Smith Spring Cup: Oliver's Mount
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