The British Talent Cup moves from the 1.6 mile (2.6 km) Silverstone National Circuit in Northampstonshire 63 miles to the Donington National Circuit for round two. The 23 British Talent Cup riders will race on the 1.957 mile (3.149 km) shorter National Circuit layout as part of the British Superbike weekend. This means they miss out the Melbourne loop, turning right at turn nine rather than right, to then take a sharp left onto the start finish straight.

We are likely to be in for some more close racing after the thrilling opening races of round one, which saw nine riders cross the finish line in less than eight tenths of a second.

After the first round Scott Ogden and Cameron Horsman are tied on 41 points. Scott Ogden took victory in the first race with Horsman finishing third whilst those positions were reversed in race two.

English rider Brian Hart was on the podium in race one but fell in the second race. Second position in race two when to Scottish rider Jack Hart.

Charlie Farrer made a good start to his British Talent Cup campaign with a third and fourth place finish. That put him third overall in the standings.

Whilst Ogden and Horsman rightly took the plaudits in round one they will come under pressure from a significant number of riders in what proved to be some very close racing at Silverstone. Jack Hart, who briefly led the European Talent Cup race in Valencia will be a threat. Brian Hart and Farrer both showed they had good pace on the short Silverstone National Circuit too.

Northern Irish rider Scott Swann recently put in a great performance, albeit on a GP Moto3 machine in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship, so he could be in the hunt for a podium too.

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Then there is Jack Nixon. Like Swann he is competing in the GP Moto3 class in British Motostar. He crossed the line fourth in the second race at Silverstone. He then finished on the podium in the first British Motostar race at Oulton Park. In the second he took a tumble whilst leading the race.

Rhys Irwin was fifth in race one last time out, but he finished less than two tenths of a second from the race victory. In the second battle of the weekend he was again in the leading group this time finishing fourth.

Charlie Atkins was a podium challenger in the first 28 lap race. He finished 6th just 0.111 seconds behind the rider in third, in the closely contested race. Race two he fought back from ride-through penalty to claim eleventh. He set the fastest lap in both races.

Jamie Davis and Harvey Claridge finished seventh and ninth in race one and both were within a second of the winner.

Fenton Seabright was taken out in race one but came back to finish eighth in the second race. Seabright showed speed in this championship last year before injury affected his season. He has also started well in the European Talent Cup. He finished second in the first race in Estoril and after scoring more points in Valencia he lies seventh in that championship.

After two free practice sessions on the Friday the serious business of qualifying commences at 09:00 on Saturday morning. The first 24 lap race then follows that at 13:45. The second 24 lap race takes place on Sunday at 10:15.