HASLINGDEN’S Tom Carne has finished in eighth position in the British Motostar Championship after another solid performance in the final round of the season at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Carne spent most of the year with Repli-Cast Racing but recently split with the team and returned for the final two races of the season under the guidance Steve Patrickson’s SP125 outfit.
He took second place on his comeback at Silverstone at the start of the month – his best finish in two years in the series – and followed that up by finishing eighth in the final race at Brands Hatch.
Carne qualified ninth but was triggered into jumping the lights by another rider making a false start, meaning he had to serve a penalty that put him in 20th position. But the 19-year-old fought back through the field to finish eighth.
“I couldn’t believe the bike’s performance,” Carne said.
“I was kicking myself and felt such an idiot about the jump start, but was pleased that I quickly repaired my damaged ego.
“Finishing eighth in the race and eighth in the championship was good enough for me after missing two rounds.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to Steve Patrickson for all his technical advice and support. I can’t wait for 2013 when I will come back twice as strong.”
Burnley team FPW Racing and rider Luke Hedger had already wrapped up the title and finished second at Brands Hatch. Callum Bey, of fellow Burnley outfit RCD Motorsport, was 11th in the race to finish seventh in the Motostar Cup standings for under 16 riders and 11th overall during 2012.
Worsthorne’s Harry Hartley was not involved in the final race but finished ninth in the Motostar Cup and 13th overall.
Daniel Kinloch, of Colne team Appleyard/Macadam was 24th in the final race of the National Superstock 600 Championship to take 25th in the standings.
Team-mate Deane Brown finished 13th in the British Supersport Championship, with Nikki Coates 15th.