Round 4 of the R&G British Talent Cup saw the Wilson Racing riders battling it out on the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk over the weekend. With the weather set to be warm all weekend it would provide the riders with lots of great opportunity’s as well as a tricky Race 2. With all 3 riders previously riding here, it would provide the vital knowledge needed to tackle this complex circuit. FP1 and the riders were already on it with respectable times finishing the session with Harrison 7th, Ben 21st and Sully in 6th. FP2 later that Friday afternoon would see one of the warmest sessions of the weekend, and with the temperatures high the riders kept on pushing hard coming across the line in 14th for Harrison, 18th for Ben and 4th for Sully.
Saturday and it was finally time for qualifying. All riders gave it their best and with a red flag being bought out mid-way through the session it gave them chance to regroup and finish the session in a strong position ready for race 1 later that afternoon. Ben managed to finish the session in 14th with a best lap time of 2:05.992, closely followed by Harrison on 15th with a best time of 2:06.002, and Sully finished the session 5th with a time of 2:04.672. With a few hours to get ready for Race 1 all riders went back to the awning to prepare. Finally, it was lights out for race 1 which would be the hottest session of the weekend at 27 degrees! Some great racing was had by all of the riders in the race with Sully in the battle for a podium finish throughout and Ben and Harrison battling with more riders further back. The chequered flag fell and the riders crossed the line Sully 5th missing out on the podium and vital championship points, Ben 14th which is his best finish in his first year on the Moto3, and Harrison finished in 18th.
With the fastest lap times from each rider used to determined the grid position for race 2 this would mean Sully would be lining up 4th on the grid with a best time of 2:03.504, Ben with his best starting position of the season in 10th with a fastest lap of 2:04.456, and Harrison in 20th with a fastest lap time of 2:05.851. Sunday morning and it was time for warm up, with only an hour between warm up and Race 2 the goal was to just go out, ride around and get a feel for the track that morning. However, this would prove to not be useful to the riders as when it was time for Race 2 the rain began. Lining back up on the grid the decision was made by race control to call a wet race, so the decision was made to run wets. This would be Bens first time riding the Moto3 in the wet, which turned out to be a dry race on wets after the first few laps when the rain cleared up. The water never settled on the track as it had been so warm and so the wet race finished dry. Sully finished in 10th with a best time of 2:16.020, Harrison in 17th with a time of 2:13.722, and Ben finished in 20th with a time of 2:15.309.
Overall, it was a positive weekend for Wilson Racing at Snetterton with more points gained as well as vital experience. However, we had some negative and false commentary towards the team throughout the entire weekend and would like to state that it was false and that we do everything possible to help develop the young riders and help them to achieve their dreams of riding at world level like we have always done. We would like to thank everyone who takes the time to support us as well as the riders and helps to make the sport as great as it is.