SCOTT FAR FROM SIXES AND SEVENS IN BRIGHT START TO THE SEASON
Last weekend saw a fantastic start for Scott Ogden in the first round of the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship. The Epworth youngster finished seventh in race one and sixth in the second.
14-year-old Scott Ogden was back in action on a standard Moto3 in the British Superbike series, just a couple of weeks after finishing an impressive 11th in the first ever British Talent Cup race. The first round of the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship took place on the short 1.2 mile Indy circuit at Brands Hatch.
On Friday there were two very different free practice sessions. The first was on a damp track although a narrow dry line formed as the session went on. In the difficult conditions, Ogden finished a superb second fastest. In the afternoon the track had dried out completely. He worked on race pace rather than lap time and was pleased with his consistency on old tyres. He reduced his lap time to 52.716 which left him 11th fastest overall.
On Saturday morning, the serious business of qualifying got underway. The sun was out, the track temperature had risen and Ogden had new tyres on. He further cut his lap time, finishing with a 51.748 lap which put him in a fantastic sixth in the standard category for race one.
Ogden made a great start to the race launching into second position in the opening corners. However, he began to struggle as the tyres he had chosen were too soft. Despite the problem he battled hard throughout and crossed the line in seventh after a long fight with the more experienced Taylor Moreton.
Because of his lap times in race one Ogden started race two in seventh position in the standard class.
He made another good start and soon found himself up to fourth before slipping back to sixth. He was leading a group of three riders. Having maintained them behind him he started to stretch away mid-race. From then on he was on his own finishing in an even better sixth position at the flag.
At the end of the 20 lap race he was just five seconds behind the rider who won the first British Talent Cup race at Donington Park two weeks ago.
Scott Ogden said, “In qualifying I just went for it. My second to last lap was my quickest and I qualified in the top six which is where I wanted to be. In race one, I got a good start but I think we went with the wrong tyres. I finished seventh. In race two we switched to medium tyres and it worked a lot better for me. The start was ok and I worked my way up to fourth on the second corner. I dropped back to sixth and from there it was a lonely race but the result was good. Thanks to Gary and Nikita Wilson for a super bike. Also, I wouldn’t be racing without the help of sponsors; Malton Laser, Allots accountants, Appleyard Pressure Washing, PFR Motorsport, A18 Motorcycle tyres, DC Butler Motorcycles and Agriwash. I’m really happy the way the season has started.”
At the end of a fantastic first weekend, Scott Ogden is sixth in the championship on 19 points and just ten from third position.