VICTORIA House Academy/Mortimer Racing is pleased to announce it has teamed up with teenager Charlie Farrer and his family to contest the new format British Talent Cup (BTC) in 2020.
Team owner and former racer Rich Mortimer has a proven track record of spotting talent across all levels of road and track racing and has been following Charlie’s career since 2018.
Last season, he stepped in to offer the youngster a wild card ride at very short notice for the opening round of the HEL Performance British Motostar Standard Championship at Oulton Park, where the teenager scored two third place podium finishes on an untested Honda NSF250R.
Farrer, of Easington, County Durham, continued the 2019 season on the competitive Banks Racing Honda, becoming a consistent frontrunner and posting an impressive lap record at Knockhill in July.
But now – after just making the age cut-off by a month – Farrer will contest a full season with Mortimer’s squad, and admits he has his eyes on the title.
“Once I found out I was still eligible for the British Talent Cup, I had a few offers on the table but for me, Richard’s was definitely the best,” said Farrer. “He helped me out last year by offering me the chance to ride his bike at round one when Pete Banks was ill, and we built a good relationship from there.
“I respect him, we get on really well and I couldn’t think of a better team to be with. The reason I’ve decided to do the British Talent Cup this year is because I think I can win it. I had some great races and podiums last year in the Talent Cup and Motostar Standard, and I do feel like I’ve got unfinished business there.
“I could’ve made the move to 600s but I genuinely think I can win. I certainly want to be running up at the front. Richard wants that too and he believes in me so I’m raring to go now. I want to thank him for this amazing opportunity and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”
Richard Mortimer added: “The concept behind the Victoria House Academy is to take on board young British riders who already have experience and a proven record that they can ride a motorcycle at the highest level of British Moto3 Racing.
“From here, we provide the best machinery, instill maximum confidence, work on fitness levels and all round race craft. For 2020 Charlie was the obvious rider of choice for our small team and his chance to take the road to MotoGP.
“I’m excited and looking forward to working with Charlie alongside Crew Chief Keith Taylor who has worked closely with him in the past and also has a wealth of experience in Moto3.”
Farrer got his first taste for his new machinery at the official BSB test at Jerez earlier this week, where the squad worked on various elements of setup and ended the two days third quickest overall.
The 2020 season will roar into action at Silverstone over the weekend April 10-12. Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing would like to give special thanks to R&G Racing, Motul and Dunlop tyres.