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Carne clinches the title at Silverstone
2:42pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
HASLINGDEN’S Tom Carne admitted it was a real relief to win the British Motostar Championship on Sunday after three years of trying.
Carne won the 125GP class with a race to spare when he finished third in his category at Silverstone at the weekend.
The 20-year-old made the step up to the championship from the Thundersport GB series in 2011 – first with FPW Racing and then with Repli-Cast, who he split with midway through last year.
This year Carne has raced as an independent rider under the name of TC Racing, but has also had significant assistance from Steve Patrickson and his SP125 Racing team.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to win the title so I’m really proud to have won it,” Carne said.
“I’ve been saying at the start of each year that I wanted to win the title but it hadn’t happened, either because of me or something would happen, so to win it this year is really special.
“I’ve put all my wages towards it and it’s all paid off now. I’ve finally found the right team. I’ve had a lot of help from Steve Patrickson and he has given me the fastest bike.
“The whole team were there to celebrate with me, my sister was there and my mum and dad.
“It was great that everyone was there because they have stuck by me when I’ve been trying to win it and I’ve been so close.”
Carne is 45 points clear at the top of the standings with only 25 available in the final race at Brands Hatch on October 20.
His 11 races so far have brought nine podiums.
“I've been on the podium in every race I've finished,” he said. “I led from day one this year and I only needed nine points at Silverstone, so that was seventh place.
“I didn’t want to get involved in any battles so I just hung back in third. To cross the line was a fantastic feeling.”
Carne’s mother Tracey said: “It was nerve-wracking for us watching but he was so relaxed.
“We’re absolutely over the moon and so proud of him.”
Carne is now expected to move to a bigger bike next year.
He has been part of the Young Guns scheme this year with the winner receiving assistance to compete in the Triumph Triple Challenge next year.
“I will hear on Friday whether I’m in the final three for that, which would make the year even better,” he said.
“The winner gets a free bike for next year and your entry fees, fuel and your tyres paid for.
“I’ll wait to see what happens with that and I’ve had some offers from the 600s to fall back on as well, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’ve been on the 125 bikes for a lot of years now so moving to a bigger bike is the next step up.”
Taz Taylor, of Burnley’s FPW Racing, was fifth in the 125GP category in Sunday’s race, with team-mate Milo Ward seventh.
Lewis Rollo, of fellow Burnley team RCD Motorsport, was 13th in class.
Worsthorne’s Harry Hartley secured his best result of the National Superstock 600 Championship on Sunday when he took fifth place at Silverstone.
Daniel Kinloch, of Colne’s Team Appleyard/Macadam, was 28th.
Appleyard/Macadam colleague Graeme Gowland was seventh and fifth in the two British Supersport Championship races.
Bjorn Estment was 20th and 18th.
In the British Sidecar Championship, Mellor Brook’s John Holden and passenger Andy Winkle were 12th in the first race but did not finish the second race.
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