Izan Guevara (Cuna de Campeones) took a closely fought race win at Barcelona putting him 29 points ahead of his nearest rival. Fermin Aldeguer (Bester Capital Dubai) pushed Guevara to the final corner crossing the line 0.069 seconds behind the Cuna de Campeones rider. Winning a four-rider battle some way behind the leading two, was Daijiro Sako (Cuna de Campeones).
Guevara’s main championship rivals had a bad day. Ivan Ortola (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) only picked up 2 points, Kirk Geiger (Kiefer Racing)claimed just 6 points and Marcos Ruda (Cuna de Campeones) failed to finish.
Izan Guevara was quickly into the race lead and almost immediately looked to open a gap over the chasing pack. Dirk Geiger and Daijiro Sako had also made good starts as had Fermin Aldeguer. However, Guevara led by over a second as they started lap two.
The gap was 1.3 seconds with twelve of the fifteen laps remaining over Aldeguer. Aldeguer himself was then stretching away from Geiger, Sako and Rueda.
Aldeguer began to chase down Guevara leaving five riders competing for the last podium place.
Although we are used to seeing a group of half a dozen riders battling at the front Guevara and Aldeguer provided us with plenty of entertainment. With 8 laps remaining Aldeguer had caught Guevara and went into the race lead as the entered turn one. They then treated us to four or five overtakes a lap before a mistake by Guevara. It looked like the Cuna de Campeones had possibly handed victory to Aldeguer as he benefitted from around half a second.
The entertainment wasn’t over yet. Guevara managed to recoup all the lost time by the end of the lap and retook the lead into the first corner with just a few laps remaining. Guevara then ran wide at turn ten and Aldeguer was back in front. The lead continued to change hands. On the penultimate lap Aldeguer took over into turn one but Guevara fought back at turn three.
The battle continued on the final lap. Guevara led through the first corner but by turn ten Aldeguer was ahead. Guevara somehow squeezed back through with a brave move at turn 11 and went on to make it three wins in a row.
Alex Millan (Hawkers Karbium Aro) was in third as they started the final lap but it was Daijiro Sako that took the final podium place as they crossed the finish line. Millan had to settle for fourth finishing 0.043 seconds off the podium.
Just behind Sako and Millan came Jose Antonio Rueda and Lorenzo Fellon (ZF Grand Prix School). there was a five-second gap back to David Alonso (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team), who led Adrian Cruces (Talent Team Estrella Galicia) and Clement Rouge (Equipe de France Filiere GP) across the line, these riders completing the top ten.
Fenton Seabright (Wilson Racing) picked up the final championship point on offer finishing 15th. Having started 17th he was in a battle with Ivan Ortola, Carlos Torrecillas (GTRT Spain Torrecillas) and Soma Gorbe (Bester Capital Dubai Junior Team) for 14th place.
Joshua Whatley (KRP) had started in 18th, alongside his fellow countrymen Seabright. Whatley brought the KRP Honda across the line in 18th.
Jack Hart (Wilson Racing) had started 34th on the grid. He came across the line in 33rd after completing the 15 laps race.
European Talent Cup Barcelona 2019 Race 1 Result
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