Brandon Paasch (FPW Racing) had a comfortable race victory in the opening Hel Performance British Motostar GP Class race of 2019, crossing the line more than two seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Second home was Scott Swann (IFS Team Swann Racing) after an impressive ride from fourth on the grid. Jack Nixon (Santander Salt) completed the podium narrowly beating Asher Durham (Microlise Cresswell).

Dan Jones (City Lifting) had secured pole position earlier in the day. The Welsh rider bided his time before coming out of the pits towards the end of the session. His time of 1:44.619 was more than three-quarters of a second ahead of Paasch. Nixon was third fastest but his lap time was more than two seconds behind Jones.

If it looked like Jones was going to walk away with the race that notion was dimissed on the first lap. Unfortunately, for the ex-Red Bull Rookie he crashed out of the lead on the first lap. Jack Nixon was second with Durham third and Paasch had slipped to fourth. However by the end of lap one the American was in the race lead.

Victor Rodriguez was on a charge too. He overtook Swann to take fourth place before harrasing then passing Nixon and moving into third, behind Durham in second and Paasch. Unfortunately, for the reigning British Motostar standard class Champion, he ran on at Island bend onto the grass, managed to keep the bike upright but, his team owner Graham Armstrong confirmed, stalled the bike trying to return to the track. His race was over on the third lap.

By the end of lap four, Paasch was beginning to make a break at the head of the race. He was almost nine-tenths of a second ahead of Durham, Nixon and Swann. Then there was a gap back to Joshua Whatley in fifth.

The following lap the chasing pack cut half-a-second from Paasch’s lead but by the end of lap six he had restored his advantage to over a second. The battle behind intensified with Durham dropping to fourth from second only to then manage a double overtake at Shell Oils to regain second place.

As we reached the last lap Scott Swann, in his first GP class race, had gained second place from Durham but Durham fought back. His defense was short-lived though because the number 45 of Swann went on to cross the line second. Nixon took third as the Mahindra rider, Asher Durham had to settle for fourth place at the line.

British Motostar Oulton Park May 2019 Race 1 Result

Pos. Rider Gap Points
1 Paasch   25
2 Swann 2.019 20
3 Nixon 2.723 16
4 Durham 2.916 13
5 Whatley 16.059 11
6 Best 18.213 10
7 Davis 30.873 9
8 Leigh 53.320 8
9 Pinfold 53.669 7
10 Burman 54.005 6
11 Sellors 1:13.239 5
12 Wilson 1:43.228 4

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