The Pata European Junior Cup powered by Honda Racing delivered yet another thrilling finish at Jerez in Spain today to tee up a spectacular finale when the series draws to a conclusion at Magny-Cours in Spain on 5 October.
Today’s winner, Britain’s Josh Harland, took victory over Belgian rider Angelo Licciardi by just 0.014s after ten laps of the 4.423km Jerez circuit on identical Honda CBR500R machines.
Licciardi in turn beat Illan Fernandez from Spain into third place by a further 0.061s, meaning the three podium finishers were covered by just seven hundredths of a second.
The thrilling race, in which series leader August Fernandez, also from Spain, could finish only in sixth place, means that the final round will come down to a fight between him and his compatriot Javier Orellana, who was fourth today.
The advantage is with Fernandez, who holds a 24-point and lead and needs to score only one championship point to secure this year’s European Junior Cup title, but no-one will bet against this one going down to the wire.
Josh Harland – winner
It’s great to get back on the podium here at Jerez and I’m really happy to do it with my first win in the European Junior Cup. It was a really amazing fight with the other two guys on the podium today. Now I want to take this momentum into the final round and do the best that I can there.
Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda Racing – round seven
Jerez, Spain – result (10 laps):
1 Josh Harland (GBR) 20m28.184s
2 Angelo Licciardi (BEL) +0.014s
3 Illan Fernandez (ESP) +0.061s
4 Javier Orellana (ESP) +0.252s
5 Mika Perez (ESP) +0.252s
6 Augusto Fernandez (ESP) +0.527s
7 Mario Lujan Soto (MEX) +0.567s
8 Sam Wilford (GBR) +0.577s
9 Hannes Soomer (EST) +0.1.292s
10 Jamie van Sikkeleru (NED) +1.705s
Championship points after seven of eight rounds:
1 A Fernandez 139, 2 Orellana 115, 3 Licciardi 84, 4 I Fernandez 79, 5 Harland 47, 6 Marc Miralles (ESP) 62, 7 Perez 50, 8 Jesper Hubner (SWE) 51, 9 Soomer 49, 10 Paolo Grassia (ITA) 35.
Next round: Magny-Cours, France – 3-5 October