CHARLIE Farrer celebrated a win and a third place at Donington Park to put him right back in Honda British Talent Cup title contention.
The Easington teen is now just four points behind points leader Eddie O’Shea ahead of the season finale in a fortnight after a strong weekend at the iconic GP circuit.
As the penultimate round got underway, heavy rain played its part and with deteriorating conditions forecast ahead of Saturday, the whole timetable had to change meaning qualifying was cancelled and the grid for race one determined by free practice times.
This meant Farrer lined up fifth aboard the Victoria House Academy/Mortimer Racing Honda and he was quick to get away, launching himself into second by the first corner and taking the lead moments later.
A race-long battle ensued, but at the flag he missed out on the win as he finished third behind winner Harvey Claridge and Eddie O’Shea.
Sunday’s race brought more furious action as the 18-year-old got another good start and soon found him in a battle with several other riders. The lead swapped several times over the course of the race with Farrer taking his turn up front and as traffic came into play it became clear it was anyone’s race to win.
As the pack began the final lap, Farrer was fourth but on the move. He sliced his way through to second and then made a move on Casey O’Gorman going into the Foggy Esses to take the lead. He held off a last gasp attack from Belford who had also found a way through and took his second win of the year by 0.219secs.
“I’m over the moon, every race I just get so close to being on that top step and obviously the championship is always in the back of my mind so the last few stages of the race I was thinking shall I stay here and keep the points or do I go for first?
“Luckily on the last lap I pulled it together and I’m over the moon.
“We came into the championship wanting to win, we had an off at Donington at the start so that set us back a little bit but I’ve managed to claw my way back to the top and I can’t wait to get to Brands and just hopefully battle it out and get the win.
“I just want to say a massive thanks to the team – Keith Taylor my mechanic, Richard Mortimer, everyone who’s made it all come together.”
Team owner Richard Mortimer added: “Charlie’s developed incredibly well during this short season, he’s a credit to the team and the BTC organisation. Every credit also must go to Keith Taylor, Charlie’s crew chief for his meticulously prepared NSF 250.”
Farrer now sits second in the championship, just four points behind leader O’Shea ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch in just under a fortnight where 50 points are still up for grabs.
*Images: Bonnie Lane