Max Cook became Hel Performance British Motostar Standard Class Champion after taking victory in the second race at Oulton Park this afternoon.
The youngster from Swindon has been pushed hard in the last few rounds, especially by Victor Rodriguez and Thomas Strudwick but 14 wins from 19 races show his dominance this season. He took the title with four races to spare.
The ten lap race took place in drizzly conditions with Max Cook able to wrap up the title if Rodriguez didn’t win the race. Rodriguez was quick from the start taking the lead followed by Cook, Jack Scott and Thomas Strudwick, who was nursing a back injury from free practice. This time, the number 45 of Scott Swann added his name to the list of front-runners.
Wilson Racing’s Max Cook could feel one hand on the championship title at the end of lap two as he crossed the line ahead of GA Competition rider, Victor Rodriguez. However, the first five riders were split by just over a second in a very close battle.
Two laps later and Strudwick went to the front of the race followed by Cook, Rodriguez, Jack Scott and the Carrickfergus rider, Scott Swann. They continued to cross the line on each other back wheel.
On the penultimate lap, Cook again led the race but Rodriguez was right there with him. Having taken victory in race one, the Spanish rider was probably hoping to keep his slim championship title hopes alive, for another round at least.
On the final lap, Rodriguez took the lead from Cook, only for Cook to re-take it before the riders had completed half a lap. Once back in front Cook was able to hold on to his position and crossed the line to seal the race victory and the championship title.
Rodriguez finished second to collect his fourteenth podium of the season. Now that his title challenge is over, Graham Armstrong the head of GA Competition may let Rodriguez out on the GP bike, ridden by Dani Saez last year, for the final two rounds of the championship.
Scott Swann would have to wait a bit longer for his first Motostar podium. It was JJ racing’s Jack Scott that made the third step beating the number 45 by 0.424 seconds. Thomas Strudwick crossed the line in fifth and will no doubt be looking to get his back looked at in order to be ready for the next round at Assen.
Wilson Racing team owner Gary Wilson added, “It’s just reward for the effort the team and Max have put in this season. He has applied himself well all year and thoroughly deserves the championship title. All of us at Wilson Racing are very proud of him as we are of all our riders.”
Cook’s victory puts him on 436 points and 115 points ahead of Victor Rodriguez in second. There are only 100 points remaining on offer from the final races. Rodriguez is 75 points ahead of Jack Scott in third (256). Thomas Strudwick (253) is just three points further back in fourth whilst fifth place is currently held by Charlie Atkins on 192 points.
Motostar Oulton Park September 2017 Race 2 standard class Result
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