CHARLIE Farrer banked his first championship points in just his third race in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Knockhill.
The 16-year-old rookie is only entering a handful of rounds this season as he balances his 600cc progression with his British Talent Cup commitments and had had no previous experience at the Scottish track before the weekend.
And despite initial concerns that he may struggle to get to grips with the short but challenging circuit, the teenager managed his best finish of the year.
The Paul Veazey Racing rider had spent Friday learning more about the track aboard his Yamaha R6 and had been a little bit disappointed to qualify in 19th on Saturday
But Farrer – who is regarded as a far stronger racer than qualifier – was confident he could make amends in Sunday’s 22-lap race.
With a strong start, he quickly began to pick up places, moving through the pack to reach 14th on lap eight. Keeping his head down, he pushed ahead and caught the pack ahead, searing through to 11th on lap 15.
However, as he was enjoying a fierce battle, arm pump began to strike and he was unable to fight any harder, eventually dropping a couple of spots to end the race 14th.
It was enough to give him his first points finish in the series, and after his initial concerns before the weekend, the youngster admitted he was delighted with the result.
“I’m very happy. I started from 19th which is not where I wanted to be but I made my way up and up the pack when the race started,” he said.
“At one point I was battling around 11th or 12th but in the last four or five laps the arm pump kicked in and I couldn’t cope any more so I dropped back to 14th and finished the race there. I scored two points and it was my best finish.
“It’s a good track, I started to enjoy it but obviously very physical. But I’m ready for Brands now, it’s a lot less physical so I shouldn’t get arm pump, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
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