TEENAGERS Harry Leigh and Ross Maguire are celebrating the perfect end to perfect seasons after being selected for the 2019 British Talent Cup.
The club racing champions are just a couple of a handful of young guns chosen to join the championship for its second season next year.
Leigh, 14 of Hathern near Loughborough, has enjoyed a dominant season in Thundersport GB’s famous Superteens class, taking 17 wins on his way to taking the crown.
And now he has been selected as one of 23 youngsters who will join the prestigious British Talent Cup when it returns in 2019.
“I’m really proud to have been chosen as one of the riders for next season,” he told UK Clubsport. “I’m absolutely buzzing to be honest.”
The teen, who has just returned home from testing in Spain this week, is also poised to make an announcement soon on where he’ll be racing in 2019, but for now is remaining tight-lipped on his plans.
“We’ve been working on a deal for next year and are close to announcing something very soon. It’s been an amazing season for me and getting this chance to join the British Talent Cup is the perfect way to end the year.””
Scottish ace Maguire, meanwhile, dominated north of the border as he took 16 of 20 wins at Knockhill and 13 of 15 at East Fortune en route to the KMSC, Melville Open and Melville Club Formula 125 titles.
“We’re very pleased to have it confirmed that Ross will ride in the British Talent Cup for 2019.” his team said. “Thanks to Dorna and the British Talent Cup for the opportunity and thanks to everyone for their help in getting here.”
While 12 riders return from this year’s campaign in which Rory Skinner came out on top, Leigh and Maguire are among 11 inductees who will join Alberto Puig and company for next year’s bootcamp.
Among the newly-welcomed riders will be former Team Green Junior Cup champ Elliot Pinson, who started the year off with Bemsee before giving eventual British Junior Supersport champ Eunan McGlinchey a serious run for his money in the BSB paddock.
Dunlop Masters Junior Cup champ Jamie Lyons, British Minibike Junior SM 140 champ Zak Shelton, Cool Fab Racing’s Eddie O’Shea, Torin Woodcock and club regulars Corey Tinker and George Hopper also make the step up for 2019.
Heading to the BTC from the British paddock will be Motostar regular Osian Jones and Junior Supersport front-runner Will Lathrope.
Dorna is sticking with a six-round series and 12-race programme for next year – see dates below and click here for the full 2019 race calendar:
|DATE||EVENT TYPE||COINCIDING EVENT|
|8TH & 9TH APRIL||TEST||None|
|19TH – 21ST APRIL||RACES 1 & 2||BSB Silverstone|
|24TH – 26TH MAY||RACES 3 & 4||BSB Donington|
|5TH – 7TH JULY||RACES 5 & 6||WorldSBK Donington|
|19TH – 21ST JULY||RACES 7 & 8||BSB Snetterton|
|23RD – 25TH AUGUST||RACES 9 & 10||MotoGP British Grand Prix|
|15TH – 17TH NOVEMBER||RACES 11 & 12||MotoGP Grand Prix of Valencia|
|*Please note that dates are subject to changes|
|2019 ENTRY LIST|
|/ 2018||N.||RIDER NAME||NAT.|
|2018||2||JACK OLIVER NIXON||GBR|
|S||3||ELLIOT HENRY PINSON||GBR|
|2018||4||SCOTT JAMES OGDEN||GBR|
|S||6||JAMIE ANDREW LYONS||IRL|
|2018||7||CHARLIE MICHAEL ATKINS||GBR|
|S||8||EDWARD ANDREW O`SHEA||GBR|
|2018||9||BRIAN DAVID HART||GBR|
|S||12||TORIN CIAN WOODCOCK||GBR|
|2018||13||HARVEY ROBERTS CLARIDGE||GBR|
|S||14||COREY ALEXANDER TINKER||GBR|
|2018||15||RHYS LESLIE IRWIN||IRL|
|S||16||HARRY ANTHONY LEIGH||GBR|
|S||17||ZAK JAMES SHELTON||GBR|
|2018||18||JAMIE WILLIAM DAVIS||GBR|
|2018||19||CHARLE LEON FARRER||GBR|
|2018||20||SCOTT CORY SWANN||GBR|
|S||21||ROSS DAVID MAGUIRE||GBR|
|2018||22||FENTON HARRISON SEABRIGHT||GBR|
|2018||23||CAMERON JAMES HORSMAN||GBR|
|S||24||GEORGE WILLIAM HOPPER||GBR|