Jack Scott bagged his first double win of the season this weekend, but it was his team-mate Jake Archer who clinched the Hel Performance British Motostar title a round early.
Although season-long front-runner Archer settled for a fourth and a fifth, his City Lifting/RS Racing compatriot Scott survived two race-long battles to win by no more than four tenths of a second each time.
While Microlise/Creswell Racing’s American rider Brandon Paasch lined up on pole for race one, he was quickly swallowed up by the pack as Scott launched into the lead while Jack Nixon, who started second on the grid, slotted in ahead of the Yank heading into Old Hall.
But the race was red-flagged before even a lap as bad weather set in. When the race was restarted and declared wet 15 minutes later, however, it was nearly a repeat start as Scott went straight back into the lead ahead of SymCirrus Motorsport’s Dan Jones and Paasch.
While Jones kept pace with title-fighter Scott, Paasch dropped back into the clutches of championship leader Jake Archer and current series runner-up Storm Stacey on the FPW Racing KTM.
But over 15s in the distance ahead of them was race winner Scott, clawing back points on his team-mate as he beat Jones to the line by 0.340s, while Stacey beat Paasch’s pass at Lodge with an outside move under the Warwick Bridge to nip the final rostrum spot.
In today’s affair, Scott, Stacey, Nixon, Archer and Taz Taylor broke away early but as the scrap tore on it was a three-horse race between Scott, Stacey and Nixon.
Stacey laid a pass on Scott into Lodge heading onto the penultimate lap, but Scott returned the favour at the same place on the next lap and held on while Santander Salt’s Nixon nipped the runner-up spot from Stacey.
But with fourth place in the bag, Archer became the 2018 champion with an unassailable lead heading to Brands Hatch.
In the Standard category, Saturday’s victory also allowed GA Competition’s Spaniard Victor Rodriguez to secure the title.