TEENAGER Charlie Farrer lies third in the 2019 British Talent Cup series after a strong opening round at Silverstone.
The 17-year-old from Easington, County Durham, scored a fourth and a sixth in two hard-fought races, narrowly missing out on the win in both by just hundredths of a second.
Now in his second year with the leading talent-finding series, Farrer proved he has now got to grips with the Honda NSF250R Moto3 machinery as a consistent front-runner throughout the weekend.
A small crash during qualifying meant he had to start both races from 11th on the grid, but this did little to hamper him, as quickly seared his way through the pack in both battles.
In each race he soon found himself dicing for the lead, and led both for several laps in two fierce scraps where any one of several riders could’ve taken the spoils.
In race one, he missed out the win by a mere 0.149secs as he crossed the line fourth and it was a similar story in the second, this time crossing the line sixth but just 0.453secs off winner Cameron Horsman.
Despite not getting to stand on the podium, his consistency leaves him third in the title scrap behind joint leaders Horsman and race one winner Scott Ogden and now he says he can’t wait for the next round.
“Words can’t describe how I’m feeling after the weekend, even though I missed out on the podium the fact I was so close both times is a fantastic boost,” he said.
“I knew late last year that I could be a contender this season now I know how to get the best out of the Moto3 bike and this has been the perfect start to the year.
“After qualifying I was disappointed about starting 11th but I don’t think even qualifying on the front row would’ve made a lot of difference. The races were so close between about eight of us that grid position didn’t really have any bearing.
“It’s been a brilliant weekend. To be sitting third after the first round is a great place to start and I’m so fired up for the next round, I just can’t wait to get back out there at Donington Park next month.”
The second round of the British Talent Cup will take place over the weekend May 24-25, but before that Farrer will make his HEL Performance Motostar British Championship debut with the Banks Racing squad at Oulton Park on May 4.