Silverstone BSB: Archer extends Motostar lead with clean sweep

Picture: Bonnie Lane

Jake Archer earned his fourth HEL Performance British Motostar clean sweep of the season as he conquered a three-horse race with his team-mate Jack Scott and Storm Stacey.

The City Lifting / RS Racing KTM rider is 60 points clear of his nearest rival, FPW Racing’s Stacey, but three rounds still remain for the other contenders to see if they can find a way ahead.

Scott got the best start in race one, leading the returning 2016 champ Charlie Nesbitt, Archer, Stacey and Asher Durham away from the line before Stacey passed Nesbitt and began to pull away with Scott and Archer.

It was a battle between the three from then on as they stretched five seconds over the pack, but Archer hung on to the bitter end, fending off Stacey by 0.033s at the line while Scott settled for third just over a quarter of a second further back.

In Sunday’s second race, Archer was the quickest away from the line, leading Stacey, team-mate Scott, Durham and Nesbitt into Maggots.

But it was soon a three-horse race as championship protagonists Archer, Stacey and Scott stretched an insurmountable gap over the rest of the field as they swapped positions left and right.

Back markers came into play with less than 10 laps to go and Archer found the best way through, pulling a half second gap on Stacey and Scott, who had been dicing for second.

And the runner-up fight was all they could manage as Archer crossed the line 1.305s ahead of them, while Stacey pulled a slight lead around the last corner to beat Scott to second by 0.120s.

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