First national title for Belton racer Scott Ogden

Scott Ogden (centre) celebrates his first national race win
Scott Ogden (centre) celebrates his first national race win

Scott Ogden has claimed his first national championship race win after victory in the Motostar Moto 3 standard race at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

The Belton racer qualified in fifth on the grid but quickly advanced and within three laps had passed Scott Swann.

By this time the trio of Victor Rodriguez, Max Cook and Tom Strudwick had opened up a gap of two seconds on Ogden as they battled for supremacy.

Ogden set his sights on closing the gap and by lap eight was within half a second of the lead.

On the next lap, Cook crashed out along with GP class rider Elliott Pinson while Strudwick and Rodriguez lost time.

This allowed Ogden in to lead.

The red flag came out at this point and the race was stopped with Ogden in the lead, a tenth of a second ahead of Strudwick.

Sunday’s race was an even tighter affair with Scott starting second on the grid.

His start was less swift and he trailed Strudwick, Rodriguez and his Wilson Racing team mate Max Cook on lap two.

With that trio fighting out the lead, Ogden was able to close the gap to ensure a four-way battle for victory.

At the chequered flag, Rodriguez claimed his fifth win of the year with Ogden back in fourth place, just half a second behind.

Ogden now sits third in the championship, 25 points – or one race win – behind Strudwick but 51 points behind Rodriguez.

The next round of racing is at Thruxton in Hampshire on August 4.

# Harworth’s Dean Hipwell claimed his best result of the season on his Selective Networks BMW.

Hipwell and his fellow riders were put through the mill in Saturday’s Superstock 1000 event with a 40 mile race, a 20 minute interval for maintenance and another 40 mile race.

Hipwell qualified in 15th of 36 on the grid but was up to 10th by lap seven and was hunting down Sam Coventry.

On the final lap Taylor Mackenzie crashed out, leaving Hipwell in ninth place, his best finish of the year.

But he went one better in the second 40 mile race. Again he battled with Coventry but was able to claim eight place.