FRANCO Bourne snatched the lead in the Honda British Talent Cup with victory this afternoon after a last-corner move gave him the edge over Harvey Claridge.
The Bourne Racing/SP125 pilot broke away from the pack in a two-horse race after previous points leader Casey O’Gorman crashed out.
While Bourne was quickest off the line, it was Microlise Creswell’s O’Gorman who was first into Redgate but just moments later, Victoria House Academy rider Charlie Farrer lost the rear end heading down Craner Curves and was bucked off the back, ending his charge as his bike continued all the way across the track en route to Starkey’s.
Back at the front, a three-way battle had broken free of the five-way scrap for fourth as O’Gorman and Bourne were joined by Harvey Claridge. The City Lifting/SP125 ace cut up the inside of O’Gorman at the Old Hairpin, but the youngster nabbed the lead back just before the run up to McLeans.
As WAM rider Eddie O’Shea led the charge behind in fourth, it was disaster just seven laps in as Jamie Lyons clipped the back of Bailey Stuart-Campbell, forcing Lyons onto the deck and leaving Corey Tinker with nowhere to go as he careened over the young Irishman and went straight over the front of his Stauff Academy machine.
After a lengthy delay for red flags to clean up the carnage, O’Gorman resumed his position at the front as Claridge and Bourne were soon joined by Evan Belford with Stuart-Campbell bridging the gap in fifth.
Claridge had a stab at O’Gorman at the Old Hairpin but just as O’Gorman was looking to hit back at the entry to Starkey’s, the race one winner ran wide onto the kerb and slid straight off into the grass, ending his hopes of a double.
Bourne and Claridge slowly broke away from the pack to make a two-horse race for victory and while Claridge took the lead on the final lap, a charge down the Dunlop straight and a late out-braking manoeuvre give Bourne the edge at the Roberts chicane and victory to boot.
Third across the line was 151s S-C Racing ace Stuart-Campbell with Belford and O’Shea rounding out the top five.