BY GILES SPENCER
Motorcyclist Erith Casey O’Gorman found out how difficult the Hawkers European Talent Cup was with fifth and sixth place in round two of the championship at the Ricardo Torno Circuit in Valencia, Spain last weekend.
The 14 -year -old qualified the Honda NSF250R again in third row in eighth place for two Sunday races.
Off line for a single race under the Spanish baking sun, O’Gorman didn’t start the usual lightning in a frantic scrap for position but enough to grab the box position in the first lap.
Three laps of seventeen down and O’Gorman set the fastest lap when he was up in fifth place.
Ten laps to go and O’Gorman went to second but that was the pace at ETC, the youngster returning to fifth at the end of the next round when a slipstream passed him.
Two laps later and Italian driver Dodo Boggio down hard to bring out the red flag caused the race to be held over two parts with a five -lap run to the flag.
Starting from the fifth when starting again, O’Gorman dropped some space before getting it back with four laps.
With a short sprint race, all tactics out the window and in the ensuing chaos, the Irishman lost to a front group of four, bringing Visiontrack Honda in fifth place behind champion and leader Joel Esteban.
Making a solid start to the final race today, the youngster made a carbon copy of race one, becoming number eight for the first lap in seventeen.
Just a few moments to move into sixth position and out of the chase pack proved costly as the winning quintet had pulled a second gap for the others, but O’Gorman dug deep and clawed to the back of the leader with twelve laps. go ning.
Eight laps left and Brian Uriarte collided with Guido Pini before O’Gorman promoted him to number three and Max Martinez in second position was given a long lap penalty for a track limit violation, the current leader is very close.
If anything could happen at ETC, it certainly would and within a few laps, the podium dream was over when O’Gorman’s bike started to jump, then shuffled to a very distant sixth place.
The final round and O’Gorman is now almost ten seconds behind leader running back Esteban and it is now the case to only bring home for the sixth point.
O’Gorman has climbed to fifth in the championship with 34 points with Esteban winning the perfect 100.
The third round of the Hawkers European Talent Cup was held in Barcelona on June 12 although O’Gorman will return at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup this weekend in Mugello, Italy.