CHARLIE Farrer has his eyes on championship glory as the 2020 British Talent Cup finally gets underway at Donington Park this weekend.
After a delayed start, the new-look series will kick-off with two races around the iconic Derbyshire track and 18-year-old Farrer, of Easington in County Durham, is gunning for victory.
This year, he joins the Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing team for what will be his final assault on Britain’s only Moto3 class due to his age – and he’s determined to make it count.
Last year he quickly emerged as one of the championship’s frontrunners and this season, with a brand new bike and backing from a strong team, he has only winning in mind and is keen to build on his performance at the recent official test where he ended the day second fastest.
“I’m here to do one thing and that’s to win,” he said. “I’m not really bothered about finishing anywhere else. This is going to be my last year in the British Talent Cup and I want to win it – I have to win it.
“It’s been so long since the last race and it’s been a weird time waiting for it to start. I think the uncertainty was the worst part of it, not knowing if I was going to even get the chance to ride.
“It’s been nice having a little bit of time off in the summer and not just during the winter – I went away to Scotland for a full weekend on the enduro bike which is something I never get the chance to do normally – but now that the racing is about to start, I’m just really excited.
“I enjoyed the test and I think there’s more still to come so I just can’t wait to get going again and hopefully I’ll get the results I’m looking for.”
Team manager Rich Mortimer added: “We had a good test last week and I’m confident that it’s all going to go our way. During the test they did two sessions as races and Charlie just cleared off so it’s been a good start.
“We’ve got a new bike and we’ve worked hard to get everything ready and we’re really excited about seeing what Charlie can achieve this weekend.”
*Images: Bonnie Lane