Thruxton BSB: Motostar double for Durham

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Picture: Bonnie Lane

Asher Durham made a clean sweep of the HEL Performance British Motostar class after two hard-fought scraps as he beat championship leader Brandon Paasch.

The Microlise Cresswell Racing rider was involved in five and six-way battles, but stole two wins to boost his title chase.

Pole-sitter Paasch was quickest out of the gates in race one as he led the order ahead of a six-rider train including Victor Rodriguez, Dan Jones, Asher Durham, Josh Whatley and Ed Best.

But Rodriguez took the lead on lap two and controlled action for the next six laps as the pack diced for the podium places.

Durham and FPW Racing’s Paasch took turns at the front in the closing few laps, but it was Mahindra-mounted Dur​ham who nipped the win by 0.251s as Paasch and KRP rider Whatley emerged best of the rest for second and third.

In a severely depleted Standard class field with the championship leaders all on British Talent Cup duties at Brno in the Czech Republic, Franco Bourne cruised to the win as Jeremy Knight and Jodie Fieldhouse completed the rostrum.

But it was a difficult start to race two as Rodriguez took the early lead ahead of Paasch and Durham before Annabel Thomas and Bradley Wilson both crashed out together heavily just two laps into the race, forcing a shortened nine-lap restart as the two were carted off to the medical centre.

On the restart, Spain’s Rodriguez was straight back to the front of the field with Durham and Paasch chasing, but Dan Jones, Scott Swann and Josh Whatley soon joined them in a six-way fight for victory.

It was a classic slipstream battle once again Whatley, had a go at the lead before Roriguez took it back, but it was all over for Whatley as he was clipped by Swann and the two went down at the Club Chicane, ending their hopes.

Back at the front, after being forced wide by Paasch at the Chicane, Rodriguez ran off onto the grass at the back of the circuit and killed his own hopes of a rostrum finish.

But by then, Paasch was too far behind Durham to nick victory and the series leader had to settle for second over City Lifting’s Jones while Durham did the double.

Back in seventh, Bourne bagged another Standard class win while Fieldhouse pipped Josh Hiatt for second.

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