Preview: Club racing’s class of 2017 ready to resume BTC battle at Donington

In British Talent Cup, Features

IT seems like months ago since the opening round, but thankfully the UK’s finest up and coming racing stars will be back in action as the British Talent Cup returns this weekend.

The inaugural series heads back to Donington Park this weekend when it appears on the World Superbike Championship support programme, and following the wash-out of the opening round, it’s all to play for.

Organisers were forced to cancel the second race at Donington early last month after heavy rain played havoc, and this time around everyone will be hoping the forecasts that threaten rain again are wrong.

The British Talent Cup riders will be hoping for a more straightforward race weekend this time…

Once again, last year’s club racing young stars will be fighting hard to climb up the points tables and better some of their rivals who’ve been on the British and national levels a little longer.

Last time out it was Thomas Strudwick who took the win, while Scotland’s Lewis Paterson emerged highest of last year’s clubbies as he crossed the line ninth.

But Scott Ogden, who was 11th, could be one to keep an eye on this weekend following his strong form last time out in the HEL Performance British Motostar Standard series, where he beat Strudwick twice at Oulton Park.

Pint-sized Jack Hart is another of the young Scots who will be hoping to get in the mix, as he tries to beat his 13th place finish last time out.

Superteen and Team Green champ Charlie Farrer was disappointed with 14th at Donington…

Last year’s Thundersport GB Superteen and Bemsee’s Team Green Junior Cup and overall champion Charlie Farrer struggled with setup at Donington and was frustrated to finish 14th, and he has his eyes firmly on better results this weekend.

Meanwhile, the third Scottish rider Adon Davies will be hoping to get into the points after an 18th last time out.

And the final rider to keep close tabs on this weekend is Ireland’s Rhys Irwin. The youngster was consistently running at the front during free practice at the opening round, but was denied a happy end to the weekend when he became one of a number of crashers in the race.

Irwin – and all of clubland’s class of 2017 – will be coming out fighting this weekend – can they topple the favourites? Only time will tell…

*Main image: British Talent Cup

*Charlie Farrer image: Ian Hopgood

*Pitlane image: UK Clubsport


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