Jack Hart finished the latest round of the inaugural British Talent Cup in superb 7th and 13th places moving him up to 11th overall in the championship. At 13 years old Jack is one of the youngest of the 23 riders making up the British Talent Cup and this was a fantastic achievement.
The races were held at the 3 mile long Snetterton Race circuit in England running along with the British Superbike Championship. This was a completely new track for Jack to learn and after a good day of practice on the Friday he was confident he could be challenging for a top ten finish.
Weather was good for Saturday morning qualifying and the BTC team had the bikes set up for a dry session, with Jack’s bike having had some suspension modifications to try and help his feel for the track. In the first half of the session Jack found himself in a group of riders who were all overtaking each other and this was slowing down their lap times. After coming in the pits to try and get good track position Jack set some impressive lap times qualifying in 12th position. Jack was happy as he knew he would be able to go faster in a group during the race as he would have the benefit of slipstreaming.
Jack didn’t have the greatest start in race one and dropped back to 15th position but quickly made up places and was in 8th at the front of his group by lap 4. He then got into a good rhythm trying to catch Cameron Horseman. He wasn’t able to close on him though and with five other riders right on his tail a couple managed to get back past him pushing him back to 10th position. Determined to finish at the front of the group, Jack pushed really hard over the last 3 laps not only regaining 8th but he also caught Cameron and beat him in the race to the line for 7th position by 0.006 seconds. This gave Jack his best result of the season and put him into the top 10 in the championship.
Jack was feeling confident for race 2 on Sunday morning and was determined to get off to a good start and push hard on the first lap. Unfortunately he had a poor start and was in 18th position at the first corner but made some hard moves to get back to 13th by the end of the first lap. He then managed to make up a further 4 positions over the next four laps and was at the front of the group in 9th position. The race pace was really fast though and he was struggling to get into a good rhythm and fell back to 14th position with five laps to go. Jack battled hard for the remainder of the race but after nearly crashing numerous times managed to finish in a still excellent 13th position.
Jack Hart said,” I was delighted with my pace and result in race one but a bit disappointed with race two, but as the BTC Rider Coach Dani Ribalta pointed out the pace was really quick and I had done really well over the weekend moving into 11th position in the Championship.”
The next round of the British Talent Cup is to be run alongside the MotoGP at Silverstone over the weekend of 24-26th August and will be a fantastic and amazing experience for young Jack Hart on his “Road to MotoGP”.
Photo Credit to Kerry Rawson Photography (www.kerryrawson.com).