THERE was another double podium finish for Andover’s Jake Archer as he looks to close the gap at the top of the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

In both races across the weekend at Silverstone, Archer narrowly finished behind his Team City team mate and championship leader Tom Booth-Amos.

With three rounds remaining, the Andover youngster is hoping to stay hot on the heels of his teammate and claim the crown.

With poor weather conditions on Friday morning, team manager Ryan Saxelby took the decision to bench both riders until the afternoon, understandably Archer was frustrated. Sitting out FP1 allowed Ed Best to take the honours ahead of Richard Kerr and Dutchman Jorel Boerboom.

ButWhen it came to qualifying Archer took second position, with a full four seconds ahead of third place.

The first race of the weekend saw Archer trail 15 seconds behind his championship rival, but was well out in front of bronze place Ed Rendell a further 10 seconds adrift.

In race two things were not as simple for Archer who had to contend with clutch issues and fend off pressure from Rendell and Richard Kerr to make sure he secured his second podium of the weekend.

With three races left and a 28 point gap between Archer and Booth-Amos, there is still everything to race for.

Archer said: ““ I can still win the championship but Tom has the edge and raced brilliantly this weekend, I have to stay positive and try again at Oulton Park.”

With 13 podiums this season he would normally be odds on to win the Motostar title, if it wasn’t for the form of his team mate.

The battle for gold continues this weekend in Cheshire at Oulton Park, with Archer determined to keep up the pressure to make sure the championship goes down to the wire.