CHARLIE Farrer says he is taking the positives from his second outing in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship at Oulton Park, despite his race being cut short due to mechanical issues.
The 16-year-old from Easington, County Durham, had been hoping for a points finish in just his second race in the fierce 600cc championship, but had to retire after five laps with a clutch problem.
The teenager arrived at the Cheshire track looking to build on his 17th place finish last time out, after a bad qualifying left him languishing way down the order.
The event marked his second outing in the national series and just his fourth race weekend on the 600, having ridden in two club rounds earlier in the year.
Aboard his Yamaha R6 and running under the Paul Veazey Racing banner, Farrer spent Saturday’s free practice sessions continuing to get to grips with machine around a track he has only previously ridden on his Kawasaki Ninja 300.
On Sunday, he qualified in 16th spot ahead of Bank Holiday Monday’s race.
Dropping a place at the start, Farrer spent the first couple of laps trying to catch the MV Agusta of Matty Whelan up ahead, and had powered forward up to 13th spot when the safety car came out on lap four.
He hoped it could give him the opportunity to make up the lost ground, but his hopes were dashed moments later when his clutch went.
“We were just where we needed to be, I had a little gap behind and a little bit of a gap in front and I wanted to be with the pack in front, so when the safety car came out I thought ‘brilliant, now I can pull the gap down,” he said.
“But then just as it came out, the clutch started slipping and slipping and then completely went.
“At that point I had no option but to come in. I was gutted. It was disappointing but it’s not as if we’re fighting for a championship so it’s all just experience.
“I’ve definitely learnt a lot more about the 600 over the weekend and I feel like I’m improving every time, so hopefully we’ll get there next time.”
Charlie’s next race weekend will be the second round of the British Talent Cup, which will be held at Donington Park as part of the Superbike World Championship event later this month.
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