CASEY O’Gorman drew first blood in the opening race of the Honda British Talent Cup at Donington Park as he stormed to victory ahead of Franco Bourne and Charlie Farrer.
The three were involved in a nearly race-long scrap before the flyweight Microlise Creswell Racing rider slipped out of reach to win by 0.450sec.
O’Gorman was quickest out of the gates as Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing’s Farrer and SP125 rider Bourne tucked in behind, and it was soon a train of more than eight riders who began to break away as the first of 24 laps ticked away.
But by lap five, Harvey Claridge had joined the front three as the quartet stretched away from Jamie Lyons in fifth.
Farrer finally found a way through on O’Gorman on lap six at McLeans and just a lap later, Bourne and Claridge followed him through on O’Gorman heading down Craner before the 13-year-old went straight back past Claridge for third.
O’Gorman then laid a late-braking pass on both Bourne and Farrer to barge straight from third to first at the Roberts Chicane just as Lyons bridged the gap from a distant fifth and tagged onto the back of the front-running train.
On lap nine, Lyons stuck a pass on Farrer to go fourth at the chicane and moments later, there was a change at the front as O’Gorman ran wide and allowed Bourne to slot through before the FAB Racing graduate quickly retook the lead.
Farrer moved back ahead of Lyons on lap 12 as the pair then knocked Claridge back to fifth, but it was all action as backmarker traffic came into play with 10 laps to go.
Just seconds after Bourne found a way through on O’Gorman at the Old Hairpin, Farrer follwed him through at Starkey’s, but it was just a couple seconds later that O’Gorman recovered to lever his way back up into the lead.
With more lapped traffic coming into play, the front-runner stretched his lead to more than 1.5sec and while Farrer looked to be catching him as the trio hit Coppice on the final lap, O’Gorman’s straight-line speed gave him the edge as he took victory ahead of Bourne, who sneaked through on Farrer at the final chicane to bag second.