Max Cook finishes 2nd as British Talent Cup supports British Grand Prix

August 27, 2018

British Talent Cup

For several of the British Talent Cup riders this was going to be the highlight of the season with the championship supporting the British Grand Prix. For Max that was no different with big crowds expected and he was hoping to keep up his good form having taken two 2nd places and a win in his last three finishes.

Racing on the GP layout the racing was expected to be close with long straights and lots of overtaking opportunities around the 5.9-mile circuit. Max would have to do some of that having had a tricky qualifying leaving him down in 8th place. Still recovering from his incident at the Red Bull Ring two weeks previously Max was suffering with knee problems and further bike set up work left him lower down the order than he would have liked.

Determined to be adding more trophies to his cabinet Max was quickly away off the line and was up to 7th place through the opening section of corners. With damp patches, still around off the racing line overtaking early on required bravery and Max had plenty of that as he took a further two positions by the end of lap one.

With the top four down the road and a tow essential to make any ground Max was faced with a tough task in his attempts to close the leaders down. But working withRhys Irwin Max used the slipstream to close Storm Stacey by the end of the lap. Heading down the Wellington Straight Max made the move for 4th and was staring at a potential podium finish already! 

With a change happening just ahead Max was able to close in further and lined up a move on Scott Swann going into Village to get into a provisional podium spot with just over eight laps still to play! It was at this stage the race started to settle down and as the top two upped their pace so did Max leaving the top three breaking well clear out front.

Heading into the final two laps Max sat just off the back of the two leaders who also happen to be his championship rivals and only other two riders to win races this season. As the last two laps progressed the gap between all three riders got smaller and smaller and they were absolutely nose to tail heading out of Maggots and Becketts for the final time. 

However, heading down the Wellington Straight Rory Skinner had just managed to break clear leaving Thomas Strudwick vulnerable and that played into Max’s hands as he dived down the inside into Brooklands to steal 2nd place right at the end of the race! It was a fantastic recovery from a disappointing qualifying and a brilliant way to bounce back after his recent injury. 

Sunday would unfortunately provide no racing for the British Talent Cup due to weather conditions which leaves Max 3rd in the championship on 85 points with two rounds still to play. There is a 29-point gap to Skinner who sits 2nd in the championship and 33 points to leader Strudwick.

The next stop for the series will be Assen on the 30th of September. Given how well Max went there in the Red Bull Rookies earlier this year it’s a round he’ll certainly be looking forward too!


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