TEENAGER Charlie Farrer was back on the HEL Performance British Motostar Standard class podium at Brands Hatch when he grabbed a solid third place in the opening race.

And despite registering a DNF in Sunday’s race when his bike suffered mechanical problems on the opening lap, the youngster is feeling upbeat after a strong first weekend with his new team.

Round two of the UK’s flagship Moto3 series was Farrer’s first with the Banks Racing squad, after team owner Pete Banks was forced to miss the opening round due to illness.

After scoring two thirds at Oulton Park last month on a machine kindly provided by Richard Mortimer, he made his Banks Racing debut at Brands Hatch and after spending free practice getting a setup he was happy with, qualified second in the Standard class and 13th overall for Saturday’s race.

Getting a good start, he found himself running in third place in class behind Cameron Horsman, and with three laps to go had cut the gap to a couple of tenths of a second.

Sticking behind him all the way, he tried to make a pass on the final lap but was just beaten over the line by 0.065secs, taking another third place and a strong haul of points.

“That race was good, I’ll take it,” he said. “I sat behind Cameron for nearly the whole race in third following him and I noticed he was fast coming out of the last corner so I thought I wouldn’t be able to drag him to the line

“I lined him up nicely, came out the second to last turn and got a good drag on him down the back straight and managed to outbreak him.

“I went in front of him before the last turn but he dragged me to the line in the end but we’ll take third, I’m happy enough with that.”

Unfortunately, Farrer’s hopes of making amends in race two were dashed when he suffered a mechanical issue in the opening lap and pulled out of the race.

Despite dropping to fifth in the standings, there are just three points separating him and the rider in third, and he’s keen to get his championship chase back on track at Knockhill later this month.

“It’s good to be out on the Banks Racing Honda now. We spent a few sessions getting it dialled in and I was really happy with it in the first race. It’s was an up and down weekend but we learnt a lot.

“Next is Knockhill which is probably the closest to home for me. We tested there earlier this year and I enjoyed it.

“Now we’ve got the bike as I want it, I’m looking forward to getting back out and clawing back as many points as I can.”