CASEY O’Gorman nicked victory from Eddie O’Shea in this weekend’s second Honda British Talent Cup scrap after red flags put an early end to action.
A five-way battle raged for almost the entire race before a crash on the final lap forced marshals to bring a halt to proceedings when Franco Bourne crashed out big-style just a few corners from home.
At the start, Bourne grabbed a perfect launch from pole position, but by the first turn WAM rider O’Shea stuffed his way inside to hit the lead before Harvey Claridge cut up both of them into Montreal to hit the front.
While the front three pulled a slight gap, yesterday’s retiree O’Gorman and Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing’s Farrer were closing from behind with Elliot Dufton not far off in sixth.
And it was disaster in seventh and eighth for Bailey Stuart-Campbell and double-DNF rider Jamie Lyons at Coram as they crashed out with just two laps completed.
As Bourne hit the front ahead of Claridge, Farrer got the better of O’Gorman and began to close the gap to third and despite a tussle, he clocked the quickest lap of the race as he bridged the gap with seven laps remaining.
With six laps to go the scrap became a five-way fight for victory as the pack bunched up, as Bourne was eclipsed by O’Gorman and Farrer at the end of the back straight. But as Farrer, O’Gorman and Bourne continued their dice for third, O’Shea and Claridge maintained the lead.
As the teens started their penultimate lap, Claridge was shuffled back to fifth as O’Gorman hit the front over O’Shea, but the battle for the podium was still on with less than a lap remaining.
Claridge worked his way back up and swooped around the pack at Riches, shuffling O’Shea and O’Gorman back to second and third, but on the entry to Coram it was O’Shea who stuffed it up the inside of Claridge before Bourne lost the front and crashed out, ending up in the middle of the track at Murray’s.
But as the red flags were thrown and despite O’Shea’s late move, the result was taken back a lap, giving O’Gorman victory on the Microlise Cresswell machine with a photo finish over O’Shea and City Lifting/SP125’s Claridge, as Farrer was forced to settle for fourth.