The inaugural ‘British Talent Cup’ season got underway this weekend alongside the opening round of the British Superbike Championship with Strudwick claiming top honours in Race 1 in difficult and cold conditions.
Thomas Strudwick stormed to victory in the first ever race of the British Talent Cup, with the youngster able to take off at the front and escape the pressures of the chasing pack.
The youngest rider in the field, Josh Whatley, took second from 13th on the grid, with the podium completed by Fenton Seabright after an incredible charge through following some early drama.
Strudwick launched off the line with polesitter Max Cook challenged for it back as the two were joined by Brian Hart in an initial breakaway trio. Conditions, cold and damp saw a cautious start to the race at Donington Park.
The lead trio quickly become a quartet a few laps in with Strudwick, Whatley, Brian Hart and pole position man Cook as the four looked set to fight it out for the podium – but disaster soon struck Cook and he became a casualty of the tricky conditions, crashing out podium contention.
That left Strudwick in the lead, with Whatley’s charge taking him up into 2nd – and Seabright at the head of the second group and pushing to catch up.
As the laps counted down, Strudwick remained in control in the lead, eventually crossing the line a number of seconds ahead of Whatley to take victory in the first ever British Talent Cup race.
Seabright completed his stunning recovery and was able to catch and pass Hart to secure third, with Hart in fourth and able to stay ahead of the big battle for the top five behind.
Charlie Atkins eventually emerged from that squabble to take fifth but it was a close-fought battle, with Cameron Horsman another to recover from early drama to take an impressive sixth, ahead of Scott Swann and Storm Stacey.
Lewis Paterson took ninth on his British Talent Cup debut, with the top ten completed by Rory Skinner after Skinner sliced through from the back.
Race 1 Results:
1 - Thomas Strudwick
2 - Joshua Whatley
3 - Fenton Seabright
4 - Brian Hart
5 - Charlie Atkins
6 - Cameron Horsman
7 - Scott Swann
8 - Storm Stacey
9 - Lewis Paterson
10 - Rory Skinner
11 - Scott Odgen
12 - Franco Bourne
13 - Jack Hart
14 - Charlie Farrer
15 - Jamie Davis
Following unseasonably difficult and cold weather at Donington. Race 2, scheduled to take place on the following day, was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The British Talent Cup season continues back at Donington Park for Round 2 25/05/2018 - 27/05/2018.