MAIDEN VICTORY AT BRANDS HATCH
15-year-old Scott Ogden took his first victory in the Hel Performance British Motostar standard class on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Competing in round four at the Kent circuit Ogden took victory in the first race of the weekend by just 0.055 from Thomas Strudwick.
The Belton youngster had started the weekend in fine form finishing free practice one in fourth place. On a damp track, after rain between the two free practice sessions, the riders weren’t able to match FP1 times. As the track began to dry Ogden went out on slicks and recorded the second fastest time of the afternoon.
During the thirty-minute qualifying session, Ogden clocked a 1:37.168. Despite being his best time of the weekend so far it left him starting fifth in a very competitive session. He was just 0.870 seconds from the quickest rider in his category.
As race one got underway the leading group of standard class riders began to open a gap over Scott Ogden and some of the other standard class riders. This was compounded by a slower GP class rider holding them up through the corners but able to blast away down the straights.
However, Ogden managed to maintain a good pace and recovered the time putting himself third in the race by the beginning of lap nine. The race was then red-flagged as a GP class rider fell in amongst the leading group of standard bikes. He took out Ogden’s teammate Max Cook on his way down. The remaining riders were scattered across the circuit and the grass to either side in an effort to avoid the incident. Ogden kept a calm head and managed to stay on the asphalt to claim his first victory in Moto3.
In the second race of the weekend a leading group again pulled-away from Ogden who once again was held up by a GP class rider. With a level of maturity beyond his young years, he kept calm and worked his way back to the leading group. Despite his best efforts, he missed the podium by around quarter of a second. He collected another 13 points for finishing fourth.
Scott Ogden left Brands Hatch in Kent with 38 points and third in the championship.