Brands BSB: Third Motostar double of 2018 for Archer

Picture: Bonnie Lane

Series leader Jake Archer was unstoppable in his HEL Performance British Motostar double victory this weekend as he extended his points gap over Storm Stacey.

Last year’s championship runner-up took a narrow win on Saturday before stamping his authority on the class on Sunday with an eight second advantage at the line.

FPW Racing’s Stacey shot from the middle of the second row of the grid underneath pole-sitter Archer at the start of race one, but Archer was soon back into the lead as the two began to stretch an advantage over third-placed paddock veteran Asher Durham.

But Stacey couldn’t quite make a move stick on series leader Archer, and with three laps remaining his attempts were put to a stop as SymCirrus Motorsport’s recent Motostar recruit Elliot Pinson crashed and accidentally took out reigning Standard class champ Max Cook, which brought the red flags out and ended the race.

Archer took the win ahead of Stacey, while Microlise Cresswell Racing’s Durham held off Jack Scott to bag the final rostrum spot. Scott Ogden took the Standard class win from Thomas Strudwick and Victor Rodriquez.

In Sunday’s scrap, Stacey stormed off the line into the lead, but Archer soon made his way past before Durham hit the front on the very next lap.

It wasn’t long before Archer showed his class dominance, levering Durham aside as he put his head down and stretched a commanding advantage, leaving Stacey, Durham and Archer’s team-mate Scott to fight for rostrum honours.

The three were at each other’s throats in the early laps, but just before half distance Scott dumped his KTM while fighting for position, leaving Durham and Stacey to continue their battle.

While City Lifting/RS Racing’s Archer crossed the line eight seconds clear of trouble, Durham managed to hold off Stacey by 0.046s to bag his second runner-up finish of the year.

Rodriguez bagged the Standard spoils ahead of Strudwick and reigning champ Max Cook

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