TEENAGER Charlie Farrer celebrated his maiden British Talent Cup podium as he crossed the line third at Snetterton.
The 17-year-old from Easington, County Durham, had been on course to take fourth in the second race of the weekend, but ended up taking third when the leader crashed out on the final lap.
Farrer had arrived at the Norfolk track eager to get back up with the frontrunners this weekend, qualifying in eighth position for both races.
In Saturday’s scrap, he struggled with wet tyres on a drying track which held him back and stopped most of the field making their usual charges and in the end, he was happy to settle for a sixth place, vowing to come out fighting on Sunday.
With the conditions much better for the second race of the weekend, he got a good start and was soon up to sixth position before reeling in another three riders to move into third on lap three.
As Farrer had battled his way through in the opening laps, the leading two riders had got away at the front and already had a few seconds in hand, but Farrer pushed on, closing the gap and bringing the pack with him.
However, he lost a place on the eighth lap as series leader Scott Ogden came past after a charge through the field and set off after the leaders, while Farrer continued to fend off the riders behind.
As the final lap began, he was still in fourth and looking on course to hold the place to flag and then just yards from the finish line, leader Fenton Seabright crashed out.
Farrer crossed the line third behind winner Cameron Horsman and Ogden and admitted he couldn’t believe it.
“I’m over the moon, had a really good race just to hold on for fourth but in the end Fenton went down so I managed to get third,” he said. “It’s a bit lucky but even the battle for fourth was still really tough and I’m glad I came out on top of that.
“It really makes up for the first race. It wasn’t much fun on Saturday being on wet tyres on a dry track, I was just trying to stay on the bike but I really wanted a good race on Sunday.
“It was really good fun and I enjoyed it. It feels unbelievable to get my first Talent Cup podium. It took a while for it to sink in but I’m still buzzing.”
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