ROUND 2 BRITISH TALENT CUP
The late May bank holiday weekend saw the British Talent Cup return to the East Midlands circuit of Donington Park. The previous round was curtailed by the remnants of the Beast from the East and race two was cancelled due to a waterlogged track. Round 2 commenced in a similar fashion with rain bouncing off the track surface as the Talent Cup riders headed out for FP1 on Friday morning. Scott took the opportunity to work on wet settings and consistency.
He had a trouble free session which saw a number of riders crash out, the incident hotspot being on the right-left flick down Craner Curves, and ended inside the top ten in ninth spot. The second session took place mid-afternoon on a drying track. All the bikes were equipped with full wets and Scott further improved his position, moving up to P6 without the need to push too hard. Qualifying took place in the evening on a completely dry track, out for the first time on slick tyres since the Valencia test. Scott worked up to speed, shadowed by the number 15 of Rhys Irwin and with 10 mins remaining, made a run through pit lane to find track space for a quick lap. He managed that with a few minutes remaining and ended a long day in P5 behind Strudwick, Cook, Seabright and Skinner.
Saturday consisted of PR duties, handing out leaflets and meeting the fans before heading to the grid late in the afternoon for Race 1. Conditions were perfect and the DORNA tv coverage was excellent and tells the story of the race. Scott had a reasonable start ending in seventh place. Horsman crashed out in the first corner, unfortunately being taken out by another competitor. After shaking off Storm Stacy, Scott quickly closed the gap on 6th place Josh Whatley, passing him within two corners and set about catching the top four. Having worked hard to get within a second, he settled down to take a top 5 slot. Fenton went down at Goddards only seconds from the line and Scott crossed the chequered flag to finish 4th, a brilliant result behind two past and present Red Bull Rookies riders (Cook and Skinner)and Thomas Strudwick, a fast and experienced Motostar competitor.
Race 2 Well. Scott got a great start and was 4th coming out of the first corner but was hit from behind by another rider who then came off. The impact crushed Scotts exhaust. Scott pitted, had a new exhaust fitted and then continued. The gap was too great but the times were good. That’s racing and it could have been worse.
Scott moves on to Snetterton over the weekend June 15-17th to compete in the next round of the British Talent Cup championship, run alongside the British Superbike Championship. Many thanks to all our friends, sponsors and supporters and to all the BTC staff at DORNA for organising such a blue riband series and to Richard Dilks for assisting Scott so professionally. Credit to DORNA for any images and video used and to BBP Media for wordage.