Casey O’Gorman bounced back from failing to finish the first race to taking the race win in spectacular style in the second at Snetterton in Norfolk, last weekend.
The 13 year old Erith schoolboy needed no time to learn the new track to him, finishing the Friday’s practice day in 2nd place after leading for the first half.
The Saturday morning qualifying saw the youngster put his 250cc Honda in 3rd on the outside of the front row in windy conditions for weekend’s first race in the afternoon.
Any thoughts of O’Gorman taking advantage of his slight stature to make a break away from the pack was extinguished the moment the lights went out with a break-away group of six battling it out for the honour of taking first blood.
Despite leading for a couple of laps early on, O’Gorman couldn’t shake the small group with him getting temporarily shuffled to 5th by lap 7. Still, at half race distance and less than a second covering the group, it was still anyone’s race.
Moments later, O’Gorman suddenly dropped off the pace and pulled into the pits as his gear lever decided to part ways with the bike, leaving him no option but to retire.
With Franco Bourne winning the race from Eddie O’Shea by nearly 2 seconds, O’Gorman slipped to 7th, 45 points off the championship lead.
Sunday’s race may have brought cooler weather but the action on track was just as hot.
Starting 6th on the grid thanks to his quickest lap from Saturday’s race, O’Gorman, 3rd fastest in morning warm-up, made a good start to be 4th into the first corner and hold it over the lap.
Two laps in and the front three, headed by Harvey Claridge, start to gap the duo of O’Gorman and Charlie Farrer.
A lap later and Farrer passes O’Gorman who returns the favour a few corners later as they try and hunt down the top three.
Seven laps in and Farrar passes O’Gorman and starts to bridge the gap to the leaders, bringing O’Gorman with him to make a five way battle for the lead.
A lap later and the youngster pulls a move to take two places to 3rd place into the Esses at the end of the Bentley straight and before the end of the lap, gets shuffled back to 5th in the quintet of frontmen.
Lap 11 of 14 laps down and O’Gorman moves back into 3rd.
Two laps to go and O’Gorman hits the front for the first time in the race.
On the penultimate lap, O’Gorman runs wide on the exit to the Bomb-hole, allowing Eddie O’Shea and Claridge to pass him by the first corner of the final lap.
Holding 3rd throughout the final lap, championship leader, Franco Bourne attempts to pass O’Gorman around the outside into Murrays and loses the front, skidding across the grass and back onto the track bringing out the red flag as O’Gorman crosses the line for the final time in 3rd place.
For once, the luck of the Irish was with O’Gorman as, due to the red flag coming out, the race result was taken from the previous lap with the South Londoner taking the win from O’Shea by 0.018 seconds with Claridge in 3rd a further 0.032 seconds back.
The win moves O’Gorman up to 4th in the standings, only 20 points behind leader, Bourne.
“It was a great race, I had a great battle and it was really fun.” said an elated O’Gorman.
“I love this track; it’s really fast and it’s flowing. It reminds me a bit of the European tracks I’ve raced on.
It was amazing here, learning the track and being able to win; it was good.”
O’Gormam will have no time to rest before the next round as he is off to Spain this weekend to compete in a wild card ride in the FIM CEV Repsol European Talent Cup at Jerez before returning to British Talent Cup duties at Silverstone in Northamptonshire on September 4-6.
Pictures: Bonnie Lane
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