Scott Ogden drew first blood in the 2019 British Talent Cup scrap as he took the first win of the year at Silverstone - as Cameron Horsman took the spoils in the second.
Fifteen-year-old Ogden proved his early show of form in the official test at Valencia was no fluke as he stole the opening win from Brian Hart and Cameron Horsman.
Ogden had qualified on pole and led into the first corner, but Fenton Seabright was on his tail and passed him into Maggots. Ogden quickly stole the spot back but it wasn’t to last long, as a massive train of riders joined the battle.
Over the 28-lap race, Horsman, Charlie Farrer and Scott Swan and Jack Hart took their turns at the top, but Hart was one of a handful of early retirements as he, Seabright and Elliott Pinson crashed out on the 12th lap, the latter heading to the medical centre.
Horsman, Swan and Farrer continued to swap places up front and despite Horsman pulling a little gap with seven laps to go, the rest were able to reel him back in and the stage was set for a last lap scrap.
Ogden had been sitting in second as the pack headed into the final lap and quickly made a move for the front, pulling a tiny lead which was enough to keep him ahead all the way to the flag.
Hart came through from fifth to nab second ahead of Horsman who managed to hold off Farrer for third.
But Horsman got his own back in the weekend’s second 28-lap battle. Again Ogden took the lead at the start, closely followed by Charlie Atkins who had visibly jumped the start and was soon hauled in for a ride-through penalty.
In a race which followed a similar pattern to the previous, several riders including Seabright, Farrer, Horsman and Rhys Irwin took their turn at the front but Horsman was the rider who looked most in control.
Ogden looked like he could be on for the double as he took the lead again on lap 19 but Horsman was looking to make amends this time and was back in front two laps later and held it all the way to the flag as the rest squabbled for the remaining podium places.
Young Scot Jack Hart managed to hold off Ogden to take second as the race one winner grabbed the last podium spot ahead of Jack Nixon in fourth, Rhys Irwin fifth and Charlie Farrer who took sixth.