Charlie Farrer finished both the opening races of the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class championship in third place. This was all done on a bike the team picked up on Friday morning.

Charlie Farrer was all set to be riding for the Banks Racing Team at Oulton Park last weekend. Unfortunately, team owner Pete Banks fell ill and has had to spend some time in hospital. As a result, Farrer didn’t have a bike to ride. A shout out on social media yielded a generous response from Richard Mortimer who loaned Charlie Farrer a standard Moto3 machine.

Farrer repaid that faith and more when he, his Dad some friends and some of the regular Banks crew got the bike ready for Sunday qualifying. He clocked the third best time in the standard class.

Racing to two podiums

In race one Farrer was in a comfortable third place throughout the ten laps to pick up his first podium of the weekend. In the second outing, he battled hard with Cameron Horsman in the early laps. The two of them then hunted down Scott Ogden who had made a gap at the front of the race. That was until a slower GP class ride split Horsman and Farrer and the 17-year-old from County Durham decided to play it safe and collect another rostrum finish.

With so little time for his team to get the bike prepared it was a truly marvellous effort by everyone involved. Farrer leaves round one third in the championship, which must have been more than they hoped for in the circumstances.

Charlie Farrer

Charlie Farrer said, “I hadn’t sat on the bike until Saturday morning so I said to myself I just wanted to get some points so when I get back on the Banks bike I can still battle for somewhere in the championship.

“Considering everything that has happened I was shocked to be on the podium. Overall I’m really happy and to come away from the first round sitting third in the championship, it’s great.

I’d like to say a massive thanks to Richard and everyone who’s helped – particularly Keith Taylor as we couldn’t have done any of this without him.”

Farrer has had a superb start to the year. Apart from his results this weekend he is also third after the first round of the British Talent Cup. His next track action will be at Donington Park in the BTC on the 24 to 26 May 2019.

Finally, from cilindrada.NET we wish Pete Banks a speedy recovery.