THE inaugural British Talent Cup begins this weekend at Donington Park, and current and former club racers are looking to mix it up among Britain’s best.
On the 23-strong grid of some of the country’s fastest up-and-comers, seven racers have come directly from the club ranks last season to the BTC’s first ever year of action in 2018.
Lewis Paterson is the oldest of the young guns at 17, heading directly into the Cup after a multiple-title-winning season campaigning a Lightweight Suzuki SV650 in the Melville Motor Club, Knockhill Motor Sports Club and Scottish Championship.
Also heading down from the North will be fellow Scots Adon Davie and pint-sized Jack Hart, both products of the Aprilia 125 series in Scotland.
Hart, who also raced in Spain in 2017, swept both the club and Scottish titles in the Formula 125 category last year, while Davie was hot on his heels after winning a handful of races toward the end of the season as he nabbed the runner-up spot in the championship.
Thundersport GB aces Charlie Farrer and Rhys Irwin are graduating to the Talent Cup after winning seasons in both the RRV450 and the famtous Superteens series.
Farrer not only took Bemsee’s Team Green Junior Cup and Overall titles, but he also bagged the Superteens championship, becoming the first rider to capture all three accolades – in the same season, no less.
Irishman Irwin, who recently revealed he’ll join the Crank Racing squad this year in the HEL British Motostar series, was hot on the heels of the RRV450 championship last season before focusing on BTC pursuits.
Another Bemsee graduate, Scott Ogden split time between clubs and the BSB paddock last year. He and Farrer featured as some of the main protagonists in both the Team Green and Superteen championships in 2017 before Ogden made the jump up to the Motostar Standard class mid-season.
The final club racer heading for Dorna’s grid this weekend is Thundersport and Scottish Championship interloper Franco Bourne. After sweeping the first Melville Motor Club meeting with four wins on the trot, the 14-year-old took on the Superteens series full-time, finishing fifth in the standings.
Practice kicks off at 11:40am tomorrow, with two 15-lap races scheduled – one on Sunday afternoon and one on Easter Monday morning.
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