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Bsb Round 9 Brands Hatch October 18-20th 2019

BRANDON BOSSES BRANDS HATCH

 

BRANDON PAASCH THE FIRST AMERICAN TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP IN HEL PERFORMANCE BRITISH MOTOSTAR MOTO3 AT BRANDS HATCH GP CIRCUIT

Brandon Paasch went out at Brands Hatch GP Circuit this past weekend on a mission to win the 2019 HEL Performance British Motostar Moto3 Championship.  In a spectacular display of riding craftsmanship, he won both races, leading Saturday’s race flag-to flag to lock up the Moto3 Championship with one race to spare.  In doing so, Brandon becomes the first ever US rider to capture any championship in the British Superbike series, adding the title of “International Champion” to his growing resume.

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First practice on Friday was run in very damp and cold conditions, and the second practice saw the track dry out but the temperatures stay cool.  Brandon finished the day in second spot, just 0.3 seconds behind the practice leader.  Qualifying ran the next morning on a wet track also, and the field quickly set about running fast laps just in case the conditions changed.  Brandon sorted his lines in the first few minutes, then strategically set about running with a clear track in front of him to lock in second place with a flying time on his final lap, just 0.16 seconds off the pole.

Brandon was determined to push hard in Race 1 to secure the championship, and that is just what he did.  Getting his best start of the season and leading into Turn 1, he quickly pulled a gap of 0.8 seconds by Lap 3.  He managed the lead throughout the race, putting a back marker between him and the rider behind him on Lap 9 that allowed him to lengthen his lead.  Brandon cut the fastest lap of the race on his last lap and took the checkered flag to win the championship.

Brandon was on pole position for Race 2 as a result of his fastest lap in Race 1, and he had a strong warmup session that saw him lead the pack by over 1.0 second.  While his start was not as strong as the previous race, he pushed to the lead and was first to cross the line on Lap 1.  A fight ensued for the next three laps, until a rider fell out of Turn 3 which created a gap between Brandon and the rest of the riders.  He pushed hard and set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 7, increasing his lead to 4.8 seconds by the end of the race when he crossed the finish line to complete the double win for the weekend.

BRANDS 2019 5“What a weekend – probably one of the best of my life!  After the win in Race 2 at Donington, I knew I could push it at Brands because that’s one of my favorite tracks in the series.  I worked out pretty hard leading up to the weekend, so I was really ready for both races.  The KTM Moto3 bike was running real strong, and thankfully we had no issues with the ECU.  I expected a typically cold and wet English fall weekend, and I felt pretty comfortable right away in practice.  I planned to take pole in qualifying to set myself up for the race, but second spot was pretty good, and I knew I would just have to pin it to be out in front for the race.  I made the best start of the year and just put my head down to stay out front.  There were a couple fast guys that would try to knock me off the box, but I was determined to get the win for the championship.  When I crossed the line and got it, I was so happy that I could barely sit on the bike.  It was such an amazing feeling to be a champion – the first US champion in BSB history!

In Race 2 I knew everyone would be gunning for the win, but I just wanted to go out on top.  I got a decent start and pushed for the lead right away.  I had a couple dicey moments on the first few laps, but then I made a strong move out of Turn 3 and never looked back.  I was just clicking off the laps all weekend, and I nailed the fastest lap of the whole weekend in that race.  So I was pretty happy with the double win and wrapping up the season in style.

I couldn’t have done this without a great team and great group of sponsors, supporters and fans!  Everyone worked so hard and put in so much time to help me be a champion.  Adrian and Sarah from Fireplace Warehouse are incredible.  They not only ran a very organized and detailed team, but they were great mentors, too.  Dave is a great guy and awesome mechanic, and Andy really was incredible working on the data to get us really dialed in.  I also have to thank Andy’s family for taking me in and making feel like a part of them while I was in the UK;  I’ll always be grateful for their support.  For my sponsors, Dave, Paul, Scott and everyone else that stepped up financially, you really made an impact on helping the team this season.  To Spidi and Arai – thanks for keeping me protected and helping me be confident to push hard when I was out on the track.  Big thanks to my Partner Sponsors, Electronic Concepts and luxeStar VIP, as well as my Presenting Sponsors Classic Car Club of Manhattan, NJMiniGP, Evolve GT, BJT Mechanical, The Three Horseshoes, and OTF.”  Thanks to all my fans, you guys really grew a lot this year and helped pick me up when things looked tough.  Last, but certainly first in my mind, is my biggest supporter – my Mom.  Without you first, I really wouldn’t be here.  Thank you for everything for all these years!  (Brandon Paasch)

BRANDS 2019 3“Once again, I have to say how proud I am of everyone that was involved with and supported this team this year.  Sarah and I have been racing in BSB for over a decade, and I can’t recall a better season with such a great group.  I know Brandon had the potential to be a champion, and working with him and seeing him grow this season was a pleasure.  When we all got together at our first testing session of the year, I felt right away that it would be a good crew.  We had some adjustments to make, but everyone stepped up and worked hard and really gelled as a team.  We couldn’t have been successful without the strong individual efforts of both Andy and Dave working on the KTM, and I would be making a big mistake if I didn’t say a big thanks to my wife Sarah for doing all the other important work that kept the team running smoothly and let me concentrate on being prepared for each weekend.  Working with Brandon’s manager and sponsors from the USA was very enjoyable, and meeting all the team’s other supporters and fans was incredible.  I was very impressed with all the support, and I know we all appreciated it very much.

BRANDS 2019 7It feels very good to bring home the Moto3 Championship in its final season, and to do it with the first US rider to ever win a BSB championship makes it that much more special.  We’re going to step back and take a look at our options for next year, but I wish Brandon the best of luck for next season and look forward to seeing his career grow internationally.  Thanks again to everyone involved this year, and I’ll savor this season for years to come.”  (Adrian Mason, Team Owner)

Photos by Camipix Written & distributed by:

Sarah Mason – FPW Racing

 

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

 

1st Brandon Paasch  322 points

2nd   Josh Whatley     268 points

3rd Asher Durham        263 points

12th Jamie Davis          84points

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

Bsb round 7 Assen TT September 20-22 2019

ACTIONED PACKED ASSEN TT

                 

FPW Racing had a positive weekend with Jamie Davis but unfortunately Brandons weekend did not go to plan in race 2 with a race long battle involving five riders went wrong for Brandon when the group encountered 3 different back markers in the later laps, with 5 bikes entering the final chicane on the last lap with the back marker Jodie Fieldhouse in the middle, the outcome could only be carnage, Brandon was forced on to the Green and because of tome penalty’s imposed was given 5th position after a 20minute deliberation by race control. Jamie has his best race of the season after a race long battle with Jerry Van de Bunt crossing the line in 8th 0.183 seconds behind him and only 11.6 seconds from the leader

Fp1 at the Assen TT circuit in the Netherlands was dry, Brandon 1st and Jamie 8thassen brandon grid

 

Fp2 was again in Dry conditions Brandon P1,Jamie P8

 

Saturdays Qualifying was cool, Brandon taking P2 0.19 from Dan Jones on pole with Jamie P9

 

Race 1, Dry conditions both riders got a good launch from the line, End of Lap 1 was Jones, Paasch, Whatley with Jamie in 10th, Brandon and Jones pulled a 3 second gap to Whatley by lap 4.

 

assenbrandonBrandon took the lead on lap 9 and it was looking positive for the win until Dan Jones put an incredible pass on Paasch on the second to last corner on the last lap leaving Brandon to take second by 0.081 seconds. Jamie had a good race with Scott Swann finishing in 9th position

 

 

Brandon starting from 2nd and Jamie from 9th,, Whatley took the Hole shot into turn 1 closely followed  by Jones, Durham ,Nixon Paasch. End of Lap 1 it was Whatley Jones, Paasch with Jamie 9th. This race no body was able to pull away as positions changed lap on lap between Whatley, Jones, Paasch Durham and Nixon. Brandon Moved in to second place on lap 8 and finally took the lead on lap 12, but it wasn’t to be, as the group caught a back marker Annabel Thomas,  Brandon accidentally touched Annabel which brought her down and caused Brandon to drop back down the pack, leaving the chicane for the last lap Brandon was in 5th position, pulled through to 3rd when the pack came across 2 more back markers firstly Shanni Pinfold where Whatley had to pass on the green on the outside of the track, Then Jodie Fieldhouse in the chicane, All riders luckily stayed on board but it split the pack and left the Race officials a difficult job of making a race result, With time penalties given to Paasch, Durham and Jones made Brandon his first none podium finish of the season in 5th Position. Jamie had his best ride of the year after a race long duel with Dutchman Van de Bunt came home in 8th but only 11.67 seconds from the lead after an enthralling 14laps of the Assen TT circuitassen jamie

 

Photographs:

Camipix Photography

 

Written & distributed by:

Sarah Mason – FPW Racing

 

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

 

1st Brandon Paasch  231 points

2nd  Josh Whatley      208 points

3rd Asher Durham         202 points

10th Jamie Davis          84points

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