CHARLIE Farrer is gearing up for his third outing in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship this weekend as the series heads to his ‘local’ round at Knockhill.
The 16-year-old will be back on board his Yamaha R6 with the Paul Veazey Racing squad as he tackles the Scottish track for the first time in his racing career.
Although it is the closest circuit to his County Durham home, Farrer previously raced only with the Bemsee and Thundersport GB clubs until this season, neither of which run rounds north of the border.
The 16-year-old’s only experience at the Fife track has been about 20 minutes of testing, and as he returns to the hard-fought national 600 series for his third race weekend, he is hoping he can quickly master Knockhill’s challenging and fast layout.
His last Superstock 600 race was back in early May, when he was forced to retire with clutch issues as he was running in 13th place. Since then he has been concentrating on his British Talent Cup commitments.
“It’s been two months since I last raced the 600 and I’ve missed it a lot,” he said. “I am really looking forward to getting back out there and seeing what I can do.
“While Oulton was disappointing because I was unable to finish the race, I’d made a lot of progress over the weekend and I was on course for a good points finish in just my second ever race.
“So I’ll be looking to do the same again this weekend. I’m not sure how I’ll get on because I don’t have a lot of experience at Knockhill and it seems to be quite a physical track, but I’ll be going out to try my very best and hopefully push for a nice points finish.”
Farrer will be in action at Knockhill this Friday July 6 with two free practice sessions followed by qualifying on Saturday before the 22-lap race at 12.35pm on Sunday July 8.