FRANCO Bourne destroyed the field in this weekend’s opening Honda British Talent Cup race with victory by more than 25sec.
The SP125 Racing rider took the lead from Harvey Claridge early on and never let up, dropping the hammer to take a dominant win and the championship lead by one point.
But it was disaster on the final lap for two of the title contenders as Casey O’Gorman and Harvey Claridge tangled at Surtees and crashed out.
Bourne was quickest off the line as he eclipsed pole-sitter Eddie O’Shea, who dropped to fifth, while Claridge and O’Gorman jumped ahead of Charlie Farrer to move into the top three.
Claridge quickly levered Bourne aside at Hawthorns as the top four quickly dragged away from the rest of the pack, but Bourne was back in control at the start of lap two of 14, leading the way.
By lap three, Farrer was on the move as he nudged Microlise Cresswell’s O’Gorman aside on the run out of Hawthorns, but O’Gorman was back into third as the flyweight teen rocketed along the Brabham Straight.
Lap by lap, Bourne continued to clock scorching times at the front and by half distance, the County Durham rider was almost six seconds clear of second-placed Claridge.
As the race wore on, it looked to be Bourne’s win by more than 12sec, but disaster struck for the podium contenders as Claridge and O’Gorman tangled at Surtees with less than a lap remaining, taking them both out.
With Bourne taking a comfortable win by more than 25sec, Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing’s Farrer bagged second while City Lifting’s Belford beat WAM rider O’Shea and Stauff Connect Academy’s Corey Tinker to take the final rostrum spot.