In a superb battle throughout the whole 24 laps, Cameron Horsman came out with the race win. Second was Scott Ogden who fought back from tenth on the grid whilst Fenton Seabright, who had started on pole was third.
British Motostar Donington Park National 2019 Qualifying
Fenton Seabright set a fantastic 1:14.157 to line up on pole for the weekend. He was more than seven tenths ahead of Jack Hart (1:14.896) who put in his best lap right near the end of the thirty minute qualifying session to line up in the middle of row one. Charlie Atkins (1:14.976) fell at Coppice on his final lap of the session but had done enough to secure a front row start. Cameron Horsman (1:14.993) would line up at the head of row two just 0.017 seconds further back with Rhys Irwin (1:15.014) and Jack Nixon for (1:15.029) company. Charlie Farrer, who had gone so well on Friday would start 7th but he was still less than two-tenths from second place and more surprisingly Ogden only qualified in tenth.
British Motostar Donington Park National 2019 Race 1
Fenton Seabright started on pole position and had lapped consistently faster than his rivals. However, any thoughts that he might stroll away with an easy race victory were dispelled as Horsman and Charlie Farrer among others kept him in check. It was a breathtaking race and almost impossible to keep up with the number of positions changes.
From lights out Charlie Atkins who took the holeshot with Fenton Seabright second. Jack Hart, had started second but had a poor start dropping back to seventh. Whilst Horsman took over at the front of the race at the Old Hairpin. Seabright then got by Atkins and up into second. An early crash put an unfortunate end to Ed O’shea’s race on lap one.
Charlie Farrer then came to join in the battle for the race lead. The number 15 seems to get stronger with every race and was superb breaking into the Esses time after time as he repeatedly took the race lead at that point. Whilst Farrer was the best on the brakes at the end of the lap Seabright and Horsman made ground elsewhere. The result was an almost constant change of race leader between Seabright, Farrer and Horsman, although the leading group was made up of around six riders.
Having started down in tenth, Scott Ogden was in amongst the leading group and moved into second position on lap eleven.
Ryhs Irwin then came through to the front of the race breifly moving into second position. Jack Nixon was giving it everything he could and in the final third of the race had a moment on the kerbs as he tried to close down the leading group. Soon after, it looked like Farrer and Horsman might stretch away from Seabright but the number 22 was strong in the first sector of the circuit and closed right back up on both of them.
With four laps remaining Torin Collins and Corey Tinker were involved in an incident which ended both thier races.
On the penutimate lap, Horsman had opened a lead of a couple of bike lengths and was trying hard to get some clear air between him and the rest of the field. He couldn’t break-away and as we started the final lap Farrer led Horsman, followed by Ogden and Seabright. After probably one of the best races of Farrer’s career, it all ended in tragic circumstances for the number 19. He lost the front at the start of the final lap and crashed out of the podium battle. Having proved how good he was on the brakes into the final corners he may have lost a potential race victory.
With Farrer down and out, Ogden briefly took the race lead but Horsman came back to take the race win by 0.187 seconds. Ogden was clearly delighted to have managed to come brack from tenth on the grid and only lose five points to Horsman. As he crossed the line he shook a clenched his fist. Seabright had to settle for third and after the pace he had showed in qualifying may have been disappointed that he hadn’t been able to turn that into a race victory.
Cameron Horsman now leads the championship on 66 points. Scott Ogden is only five behind on 61 points. Rhys irwin has moved into third place with his excellent fourth place finish and now has 35 points. Jack Hart came back from his bad start to cross the line fifth and move into fourth in the standings on 31 points. Brain Hart is fifth on 26 points finishing the race tenth. With his crash Farrer haas dropped from third to seventh overall. Elliot Pinson was the highest finishing rookie crossing the line in 11th position.
Harry Leigh didn’t finish the race, after pulling into the pits with five laps remaining.
British Motostar Donington Park National 2019 Race 1 Result
Fastest lap of the race: Charlie Farrer 1:14.557