CHARLIE Farrer is making his HEL Performance British Motostar Championship debut this weekend after an 11th hour change of plan.

The 17-year-old from Easington, County Durham, had been due to ride a Pete Banks Racing Honda in the standard class until Pete fell ill earlier this week. The Northumberland team boss issued a Facebook plea to see if anyone would be able to help find a bike for the teen to ride.

Within two hours, Farrer received a call from Richard Mortimer offering him the loan of a machine for the opening round at Oulton Park. Following discussions between Mr Mortimer and the Farrer family, he will now run the bike himself this weekend.

“I was really surprised to get the call because I hadn’t expected anyone would have a bike so I wasn’t expecting to be riding this weekend,” he said. “We’ve been really surprised by the amount of people who have been in touch offering help.

“Richard’s offer of a loan of the bike was just amazing and I’m very, very grateful to him. It means it I can now get out and race this weekend and get some valuable track time on a Moto3 bike.

“Me and my dad have been rushing about getting everything ready to run ourselves and we picked the bike up from Richard on Friday morning and went straight to the track. Even though I’ll have no track time on it until I get out for FP1 on Saturday, I can’t wait.

“Three days ago I didn’t think I’d be riding, so now I want to make the most of this opportunity. We have a lot to do, but I want to get out there and have a good weekend, and try and get a good result for Richard and Pete.

“I also want to wish Pete a speedy recovery. He’s a very well-liked and respected man in the paddock and we’ve had such an incredible response from people who want to help Pete – we’ve been blown away by the kindness of people and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone.”