FRANCO Bourne was crowned Honda British Talent Cup champion this afternoon after snatching victory while his title rival Charlie Farrer crashed out.
SP125 Racing’s Bourne, Harvey Claridge, Casey O’Gorman and Farrer were involved in a long scrap for the first half of the race, but a crash for O’Gorman left Farrer nowhere to run and this morning’s points leader hit the Tarmac, ending any title hopes.
Bourne grabbed another blinding start as he shot down Paddock Hill first, but just behind Microlise Cresswell’s O’Gorman wasn’t letting him get away as the 13-year-old tucked in behind with Farrer right on his tail.
But it was disaster for title contender Eddie O’Shea just two corners into action as he crashed out at Druids after a tangle with Bailey Stuart-Campbell’s machine, ending his hopes of victory.
At the front, a tight battle between O’Gorman and Bourne for first was quickly being closed on by Claridge and Farrer, who wasted no time in catching up.
Farrer bridged the gap and looked to be going after Bourne, but Claridge quickly sliced back underneath the series leader at Westfield and went after yesterday’s winner before a moment for Farrer at the exit of Graham Hill pushed him a few tenths off the leading trio.
Bourne took the lead from O’Gorman at the exit of Surtees, but the diminutive teen flew back ahead down the Hawthorn straight before Claridge squeezed Bourne aside to take over second, moving through on O’Gorman at Paddock Hill just before half distance.
But running four abreast heading into Hawthorn, O’Gorman was shuffled back into a fight with Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing’s Farrer as Bourne and Claridge pulled a slight gap in their fight for the lead.
More disaster hit on lap seven of 13, however, as O’Gorman suffered a big wobble on the Cooper Straight and was flicked over the highside. Left with nowhere to run, Farrer’s British Talent Cup hopes were destroyed as he subsequently ran over O’Gorman and crashed out.
As the laps wound down, Bourne and Claridge continued to dice for the lead, but Bourne eventually pulled a gap to cement his victory over Claridge, while further back Stauff Academy’s Corey Tinker was pipped for third by City Lifting’s Evan Belford by just a hair at the line.