Lewis picked to race in Bri­tish Tal­ent Cup

Young Scone ace to com­pete in pres­ti­gious se­ries

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Scone motorsport ace Lewis Pater­son has been se­lected to com­pete in next year’s pres­ti­gious Bri­tish Tal­ent Cup.

The Perth Academy pupil bagged him­self one of the 22 avail­able spots and will race along­side the coun­try’s most tal­ented ris­ing stars.

De­signed as the per­fect step­ping-stone for rid­ers from the Bri­tish Isles to get onto the world stage, the se­ries pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for young tal­ent to grow and progress on the road to Mo­toGP.

Pater­son (16) can’t wait to get started and said: “The Bri­tish Tal­ent Cup is a new se­ries for 2018 run by the or­gan­is­ers of Mo­toGP, the top level of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing.

“Back in May rid­ers be­tween the ages of 12 and 16 were asked to ap­ply on­line, de­tail­ing their achieve­ments to date and why they should be se­lected.

“In Au­gust of this year 90 young rid­ers were in­vited to Sil­ver­stone for the se­lec­tion event. This con­sisted of a num­ber of ses­sions on track rid­ing iden­ti­cal bikes.

“Af­ter each ses­sion 20 rid­ers were cut from the group un­til they even­tu­ally ar­rived at the fi­nal 22 rid­ers who im­pressed the rid­ing judges on the day.

“It will be very ben­e­fi­cial be­cause rid­ing along­side the best young rid­ers in Bri­tain you will be able to com­pare your­self to them, and learn all the time. It will also get your name known through­out the rac­ing pad­dock if you do well.

“I do be­lieve that for the Lewis Pater­son was in fine form dur­ing his lat­est run at Knock­hill Pic­ture: Jen­nifer Charl­ton

right rider and the right cir­cum­stances it does of­fer a lad­der all the way to Mo­toGP be­cause you are around the right peo­ple and if you show the right com­mit­ment and at­ti­tude they can take you through all the steps.

“My as­pi­ra­tions are to progress through to the Moto3 class in Mo­toGP in a fac­tory team.”

The Pater­son tro­phy cab­i­net has con­tin­ued to grow in size fol­low­ing a sea­son to re­mem­ber, which re­cently

in­cluded win­ning five races and the Scot­tish and Knock­hill Light­weight cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

Pater­son said: “I’m feel­ing very com­fort­able on my Cu­par Mo­tor­cy­cle Suzuki SV650 at the mo­ment. The bike is well main­tained and re­li­able which al­lows me to fo­cus fully on my rid­ing and be­ing fast.

“The last meet­ing at Knock­hill was amaz­ing for me. I came into the week­end with a large points lead in both the Knock­hill and Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships. I

knew I had the speed to win both cham­pi­onships.

“I started off set­ting pole po­si­tion on Satur­day, which al­ways makes the race eas­ier, start­ing from the front of the pack. On the Satur­day I won both races, which meant I clinched the Knock­hill Cham­pi­onship with races to spare.

“I won all three races on the Sun­day too which meant I took the over­all Scot­tish Light­weight Cham­pi­onship with one round still re­main­ing.

“To win five out of five races was the best way to clinch these ti­tles.

“This sea­son has been very good, fin­ish­ing ev­ery race so far has meant that I have not dropped any points, which kept me in the fight for the ti­tle.

“I have won 14 races so far this sea­son, and the last nine races in a row.”

Pater­son, also a keen boxer, has as­pi­ra­tions to end his sea­son in style. He heads for East For­tune Race­way in East Loth­ian next week­end.

“East For­tune will be a fun week­end,” said Pater­son. “I don’t have too much pres­sure on me so I can re­lax and be fast. Hope­fully I can par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual Steve Hislop Memo­rial Race, which is the fastest 40 rid­ers from all classes rac­ing to­gether over 17 laps.

“This would be fun be­cause I will be rid­ing for nearly dou­ble the time I usu­ally race in so I can show off my fit­ness and com­pete against faster bikes. I hope to be the first Light­weight class bike in the race.

“Af­ter East For­tune the Scot­tish sea­son will be over. I will be train­ing prop­erly over the win­ter to get my­self in the best phys­i­cal con­di­tion for 2018 so I can show­case my tal­ent and be com­pet­i­tive in the Bri­tish Tal­ent Cup.

“In Fe­bru­ary next year we should be head­ing to Spain for a pre-sea­son test on the Honda bikes we will be run­ning in the Bri­tish Tal­ent Cup.”

Pater­son is on the look­out for any po­ten­tial spon­sor­ship. Those in­ter­ested can find the re­quired in­for­ma­tion at his web­site: www.pater­son-rac­ing. co.uk

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