We have just returned from round 4 of the British Talent Cup Championship, held at the Snetterton 300 circuit in very changeable weather conditions, pretty typical of an English summer weekend. Free practice took place on Friday, following the British Touring Car(BTCC) test and as such the track was laden with rubber and lacked grip. Scott played it safe to finish 6th and worked of stiffening the front forks to gain stability on the brakes. In the afternoon FP2 session, all riders went out on wets on a virtually dry track, which is BTC policy. Scott again stayed safe, gradually building up his speed and went P2 on the penultimate lap. His last lap was a flyer until a rider looking for a slipstream dived in front of him and Scotts lap was ruined. He ended up P2. It rained overnight and the track was wet at the start of Qualifying but was drying quickly. Again Scott went for the safe option, waiting 20seconds until most riders had left pit lane and then went out at the back, his plan being to stay away from the melee. Alas it was not to be and on his first flying lap, he caught a rider around Corams, sending Scott wide off the racing line and high siding onto the grass. The bike wasn’t too badly damaged and eventually arrived back in pit lane with 8 mins of the session remaining. The BTC technicians quickly got to work and had it fixed with 1:30s to go but with not enough time for a flying lap, leaving Scott to start from the back row of the grid for both races.
For Race 1 on Saturday afternoon, the track had a couple of damp patches but was otherwise dry however, the riders went out on wets. Scott got a good start and was seventh at the end of lap 1. He caught the battle for 2nd but destroyed his tyres in the process, ending up on the podium in what was a very effective damage limitation exercise. Unlike the BSB class, where your race 2 grid position is determined by your lap time in race 1, BTC rules maintain the same grid position all weekend so Scott also started Sundays Race 2 from the back of the grid, in now perfect conditions. The rain had cleaned the track and the wind was down the longer Bentley Straight. He changed the gearing and Santi stiffened the suspension but it was always going to be more difficult to work his way through the pack on a dry track. That being said, he got a good start and by Lap 6 of 14, had broken Rory Skinners lap record in traffic to put himself into 3rd. He chased down the leaders but it would take a coming together on their part for Scott to catch up. However, The leader went down at the last corner and Scott took 2nd to maintain his 100% podium record and also the lead in the championship. A great effort despite not being able to practice at the track in the weeks leading up to the event due to being too young.
The BTC heads to Brno in the Czech Republic for round 5 as part of the MotoGP paddock in two weeks time. This will be a good test as it’s the first track that the riders haven’t been able to ride previously and will demonstrate their ability to learn new tracks quickly.
Thanks again to the British Talent Cup and Dorna staff for their help, support and fantastic media coverage and images.