BTC: Round Two Review of the R&G British Talent Cup at Donington Park.
A look back at another thrilling, action packed R&G British Talent Cup weekender at Donington Park.
By Ed Lewis
Free Practice and qualifying:
RS Racing’s Evan Belford set the pace for the weekend at under lap record speeds (140.167) on the newly resurfaced Leicestershire circuit, after Creswell Racing’s Harrison Dessoy domination of FP1 & FP2, with Sullivan Mounsey, Ryan Frost & yet another new face at the front of the pack- Northern Irelands Alexander Rowan on the Mortimer Racing Honda NSF completing the top five. Missing from the weekend’s action was hot favourite Rhys Stephenson who was called up for a Jerez wild card entry in European Talent Cup by the Mlav VisionTrack squad, and championship leader Amanuel Brinton also on ETC duty.
We didn’t have to wait long for the action to start as on lap one on the exit from Redgate Dessoy touched the rumble strip and clipped the fairing of the not so lucky Ryan Frost, Dessoy went down rider ok. Unbelievably Race Control then awarded Frost a long lap penalty and three points on his licence, we all must have been watching a different race to the MSVR race officials. The next 14 laps were as close as you like with Mounsey, Belford and an impressive Lucas brown taking the last podium step. Frost grabbed fourth after a near perfection long lap penalty ride and Rowen showing his qualifying pace was no one off in fifth place.
As predicted by the Creswell Racing data engineer Alan Roberts, his boy Dessoy made up for the error in race one by putting on a determined show in the second part of the Donington GP circuit round to take the winners laurels, Team Talentum’s Frost was forced to start from the rear of the starting grid as part of his Race One incident punishment- he showed the road to Moto GP judges what a talent he is by logging an impressive fourth place. Last lap- last corner chaos action saw Mounsey, Brown, Belford and Dessoy’s American team mate Julian Correa all trying to share the same patch of new tarmac gifting Harley McCabe his first silver wear of the season after a lonely ride in sixth position.
Short Shift News Rider Award: The Short Shift News expert panel are split on this one so we are going to divide the accolade between Rookie Ryan Frost who calmly took his unjust punishments from Race One and rode the race of his life in Race two. The experienced Alexander Rowan takes his share, also having his best event in Talent Cup and must also be credited for his new found form.
Featured Images: Olithephoto & R&G British Talent Cup.