BTC: A look ahead to The R&G British Talent Cup Rounds Seven & Eight, At Both Rider’s and Spectators Favourite Circuit of Brands Hatch.
A preview of what is sure to be another fast paced round of the R&G British Talent Cup.
By Ed Lewis
Evan Belford’s (City Lifting RS Racing) superb first half showing of 2023 towards the R&G BTC Road to MotoGP contest took a massif leap last time out at Snetterton, the number 52 now has a 62-point advantage on second place in the championship Amanuel Brinton (Kovara Projects/RS Racing) Brinton crashed out in Race Two at Snetterton, but the Spanish based English teenager will be on the hunt to cut the deficit.
Brinton has experienced the cambers and undulations of the Brands Hatch GP circuit last season with Victoria House Racing , bewilderingly crashing out in both races while trying to get to grips with the unknown to him Dunlop slicks, he’ll be aiming to stay on two wheels ensuring that his sole 2023 spill remains so. Meanwhile, it’s Julian Correa (Microlise Cresswell Racing) the American, in third overall after two excellent podiums at Snetterton, with his form both consistent and positive, Correa loves the roller coaster that is Brands Hatch.
Meanwhile, the riders who have joined Brinton in beating Belford to a win this season will want a bigger share of the spoils than they received at Snetterton: Sullivan Mounsey (Wilson Racing) took a top five and but then had a tougher Race two in trickier conditions, Harrison Dessoy’s (Microlise Cresswell Racing) early season charge took another skate with a double crashes at Snetterton, the number 55 now shadows Ryan Frost (Talentum Motorsport) in the standings as Frost continues to impress in his rookie season under the guidance of crew chief Ben Rea, so far, running in top five contention.
Other riders who now need to up their game to salvage their 2023 chances are Rhys Stephenson who so far has looked a mere mortal of his 2022 challenge. Lucas Brown (SP125) got his act together in Race Two at the previous round and now needs to continue that form. Ollie Walker (Vision Track) Clayton Edmonds (City Lifting / RS Racing) and Harrison Mackay (Wilson Racing) are also three podium contenders yet to show anywhere near their true talents this year. The steep drop off from paddock hill bend seems insignificant towards the Mount Everest needed to climb to challenge clear favourite Belford, but it’s not over yet with 10 races and 250 points up for grabs in the remaining half of R&G BTC 2023.
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