Bsb Round 8 Donington Park 4-6th October 2019

 

DRAMA FOR FPW RACING AT DONINGTON PARK

                 

FPW Racing regained control of the Championship at Donington Park Race Circuit, Brandon played the Team game taking a sensible 3rd  to Asher and Whatley in Race 1. On Saturday, then when the Team collected the bike from Parc Ferme after the race the Dellorto ECU was found to have become corrupt. A 6 hour round trip back to Team HQ to collect a compatible ECU, Engine management firm ware reloaded the bike was back up and running close to mid night.donington5

Race 2 was initially stopped after 7 laps as it started to rain as first Asher Durham then Dan Jones crashed out, leaving  Whatley in first, Brandon 2nd Swann in 3rd. They took to the Grid for a 6 lap Dash with Whatley and Paasch running first and second, Whatley made a mistake on the Final lap where Brandon took the lead and put in the fastest Lap to take the win the Hel Performance Moto star championship again by 24 points

Fp 1 at  the undulating Donington  Park was held in damp conditions, Brandon was under instruction to take it easy whilst learning the track and ended up 7th

 

Fp2 started with a bang as 7 riders went down on lap 1 as it was raining on one side of the circuit, Brandon came in, swapped to wets for 4 laps until the circuit dryed then managed to get 2 flying laps on slicks finishing in 2nd position

 

Saturdays Qualifying was on an early cold but dry track, Brandon taking P4 but only 0.21 off Pole

Race 1, Brandon did not get the best start from and ended up 5th in to turn one. As the laps progressed it was Whatley, Durham, Jones and Paasch, Lap 6 Brandon past Jones to take 3rd position, then lap 7, passed Whatley to take 2nd. Unfortunately Whatley made a move back on lap 11 and Brandon did not have enough to take him again, Brandon ended up 3rd 0.18 seconds behind Whatley with Durham taking the win

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Race 2 was a race of 2 halves. Brandon starting from P3.The First start was Whatley, Nixon,Durham, Jones and Paasch into the first turn As they crossed the line on to lap 2 Brandon had moved to 3rd.Asher crashed out on lap 2 at the Old hairpin. Jones crashed out at the Chicane on lap 6. As the rain started to fall the race was red flagged on lap 7

A brief delay for the rain to clear and race two started again as a 6 lap dash. Brandon starting from P2 has his fastest start of the season  (0 – 100km in 3.5 seconds) End of Lap 1 it Whatley, Paasch and Swann. Brandon followed Whatley for 5 laps making his move in to 1st position on the last lap at Mccleans corner, and holding the lead to the line with the fastest lap of 1.38.64 seconds

 

Photographs:

Dave Johnson

Written & distributed by:

Sarah Mason – FPW Racing

 

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

 

1st Brandon Paasch  272 points

2nd   Josh Whatley     248 points

3rd Asher Durham        227 points

11th Jamie Davis          84points

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