Carrickfergus Academy School boy Scott Swann had a dream start to the British Motostar GP class with two podiums on his IFS KTM at the traditional May Day Bank Holiday Bennetts British Superbike Championship round at Oulton Park last weekend.
After qualifying in fourth for the first race he made a good start and was in the leading group of five at the end of the first lap. He maintained the pace throughout the 10 lap sprint race and in a hard fought battle with Jack Nixon and Asher Durham he crossed the line second in his first ever GP class race.
He had set the fastest lap time during race one so lined up on pole for the feature race on Sunday. Again he was in the leading group with race one winner Brandon Paasch, Dan Jones, and Jack Nixon. The latter made a mistake whilst leading on lap two and high-sided out of the race uninjured. For the final third of the race Asher Durham joined the leaders making it a group of four once again. Paasch held on again to take his second win of the weekend, Jones finished second and Swann stood on the podium for the second time in two GP races.
“This is one of the best weekends in BSB, I love riding the IFS Grand Prix KTM with the extra power, it suits me a lot better having grown a lot since last year. I’m so grateful to Graeme Hannah for getting the bike and it was even better to get these results with him here this weekend, no pressure! The races where so much fun, I knew no one was getting away so I tried to stay steady then push hard on the last lap, unfortunately we hit a lot of back markers which made it difficult.
I learnt a lot in those two races and how the other guys ride, we worked hard over the winter on certain riding areas of riding and it’s amazing to get these results first time out. Thanks to Dad and Fergie for getting the bike nice to ride and to Simon King for working his magic on the laptop and getting the KTM dialled in. Also to Ivan Kerr and Mark King for their help with a last minute clutch problem just before race one. Big thanks to one of our title sponsors Michael Atkinson MTA for organising and supplying our Team gear, we love it. Now I absolutely can’t wait for Brands GP and getting back of the KTM.”