Junior World Championship Round 1 Estoril Portugal

Rain poured down in Portugal!!

 

Entering the first round of the Junior World Championship was always going to be a challenge, the team receiving the new KTM 2018 bike just 2 weeks before arriving at the circuit in Portugal. Testing limited, the team managed to test in short time prior to the meeting in Cartegena and Jerez.

Brandon Estoril

 Brandon actually sitting

 

The team managed to get good baseline settings which Brandon was confident with in dry, damp, and wet conditions. This proved to be beneficial as qualifying showed the team really did have 4 seasons in one day.

In qualifying we started off with rain tyres and a full wet set up. Further into the session the track formed a dry line, and within 2 pit stops the bike was back to a dry set up and Brandon was back on track with only 4 laps to result in him qualifying 25th.

Due to the unfortunate qualifying Brandon had a challenge heading into the race, after a good start and an impressive first half of the race, Brandon worked his way to 16th place proving he was able to set the same times as his fast as his competitors in the top 15. Unfortunately the throttle position sensor defected electronically forcing Brandon to pull in as it would have been dangerous for him to continue, Thus preventing him from becoming the first American to score points at the FIM CEV Junior World Championship. As a result of this the team and Brandon are gutted, time to regroup and look forward to the first round of the British Hel Performance Motostar championship at Oulton Park

Brandon sitting

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WILD FINISH AT 78TH DAYTONA 200 PUSHES BRANDON PAASCH OFF PODIUM

WILD FINISH AT 78TH DAYTONA 200 PUSHES BRANDON PAASCH OFF PODIUM

 

Brandon Paasch showed the competitive pack at the 78th Daytona 200 sanctioned by ASRA that he had them covered for 53 of 57 laps and was positioned to take the win while racing one-on-one up front with Bobby Fong.  But a late red flag thrown by the officials allowed them to bunch up the remaining top six riders on the lead lap and create a four lap sprint to the checkered flag.  With bikes jockeying for position on the tall banking, and riders leaning on each other for position in the draft, Brandon got shuffled back and finished in fifth position.  It was a result that didn’t truly demonstrate the speed, focus and determination of the young rider and the amazing work of TSE Racing in bike preparation and pit stop execution.

 

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“I was really stoked to be up there racing with the lead group for the whole race.  It was definitely getting a bit dicey once we started hitting back-markers, and I would swap the front three positions with Bobby and Kyle depending on where we hit traffic.  I felt pretty good making some moves on the inside of guys in the infield, and TSE Racing definitely had the bike set up well for the draft up on the banking.

 

We had a solid race the whole time – I didn’t make any dumb mistakes, and the team was right on with the pit stops.  Those were really critical to keep me up front and in touch with the lead group.  I was able to settle in and cut some good times, better than I did in practice and qualifying.  We had a small set of changes in the morning warm-up practice, and it really helped me brake deeper and settle into the corner better for a stronger drive out.  The Yamaha R6 really got to stretch its legs, and I’m impressed with the package that allowed me to push harder and lead the race a few times.

 

For a while there, I thought Sean was racing with me and Bobby for the lead.  I didn’t know at first that he was down a lap, and I was trying to strategize a bit, so he and Bobby didn’t team up and leave me a few lengths behind for the final banking and draft to the flag.  When he moved back to the front of Bobby, I made sure to stay on Bobby’s tail to run with them.  Then I saw the red flag, and I had no idea if they would call the race when we got back to the pits, or not.

 

When they announced that it would be a four lap race to the end, I know I had some work cut out for me.  With 6 really fast riders on the lead lap, it would be a battle of position to get the best drafting.  Unfortunately, I got moved around a bit out of the final chicane, and even though we were all bunched up close, the timing had me back in fifth place.  It’s not what I wanted after running almost the full race in a solid spot to win it, but that’s racing sometimes.  I feel like I proved my ability to race with AMA champions and former Daytona 200 winners, and now I can take that forward to the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship with FPW Racing on their Factory KTM 2018 EVO RC250 Moto3 racebike.  Make sure to follow me online and in my social media feeds for inside info on my season, plus some fun giveaways and other fan activities.

 

One more time – I want to give a huge thank you to all my sponsors that got me set up for the Daytona 200 and the rest of the race season – TSE Racing, Electronic Concepts, luxeStar VIP, Spidi, Arai, Smooth CBD, Gillman’s, and Ronald Bone.  Some of you have been with me for years, but I wouldn’t be here without all of your support.  Let’s get ready to send it this year!”  (Brandon Paasch)

 

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Rider Press release FPW Racing 2019

FPW RACING ANNOUNCE BRANDON PAASCH ALONGSIDE JAMIE DAVIS FOR 2019 MOTOSTAR TITLE ATTACK!

 FPW Racing are delighted to announce a strong rider line-up for the 2019 HEL

Performance British Motostar Championship, having signed the American Brandon Paasch into the squad as teammate to young British hotshot Jamie Davis both on open class KTM Moto3 GP machines.

BrandonIt will be Brandon’s 3rd year at BSB and the second competing in the BRITISH HEL PERFORMANCE MOTORSTAR CHAMPIONSHIP on a Moto 3, Brandon took a 5th place in the championship last year after missing the last 2 rounds through injury.

Moving from the Creswell racing Mahindra squad He will contest the 2019 season using the recently acquired FACTORY KTM 2018 EVO RC250 MOTO 3.

Brandon is nearly fully recovered from his end of season accident and is planning to move to the sunnier climate of Florida to start his preseason training straight after Christmas

“I’m super stoked to be joining FPW racing for the 2019 season. After putting in my first full season in BSB, I have

put myself in the best position to win. I strongly feel that FPW

provides the best package and I look forward to showing that

on track! Thank you to every one back home that’s stuck behind

me since day one. Time to work!” Brandon Paasch #96

 

 

Jamie Davis ProfileJamie is also new to the Team, The British Rider possibly not as well known to BSB followers, Jamie has spent the last few years riding in Spain with some really impressive results. As well as also competing for the second year in the British Talent Cup

This is still learning year for Jamie as the he has not competed on the majority of the British circuits and there are restrictions on testing before the BSB events because of his age. He will be on our Factory ex-Phillip Oettl KTM RC250R a combination that proved successful for Storm

during last season.2019 will be a busy season for Jamie as he aims for success in both the British Motostar Championship, contested over nine rounds, and the inaugural, six round, British Talent Cup.

 

’“I am excited about riding the KTM,

excited for a fresh beginning and the

new season. I can’t wait to test the bike

in Spain, and hopefully have a strong

season and challenge for regular

podiums!” Jamie Davis #16

 

I’m very pleased and proud to be

Announcing a strong rider line up, with

Both riders capable of competing for race

Wins. Brandon showed great consistency

last season, and I’m sure he’ll be a

Championship contender this year.

Likewise, Jamie without doubt has the talent

and once he has got to grips with  the UK tracks

I am sure there will be regular podiums.

We welcome both riders to FPW Racing as we all

embark on what we hope will be a

successful and rewarding season.”

Adrian Mason (Team Owner/Manager)

 

SHOWDOWN WEEKEND FOR STORM AT BRANDS HATCH GP CIRCUIT!!

SHOWDOWN WEEKEND FOR STORM AT BRANDS HATCH GP CIRCUIT!!

                 

FPW Racing had a disappointing weekend at Brands Hatch Race Circuit. securing third position in the championship – but unfortunately Storm Stacey missed out on second place of the 2018 Hel Performance Moto star championship to Jack Scott by just 5 points

 Leaves blowing. Storm brewing!

 

The weather at Brands Hatch was unusually warm for this time of year and was completely dry up until Sunday – then the heavens opened! Storm struggled for a set up that suited him in FP1 and  FP2 and ended both session’s  in 8th position.

 

Saturdays Qualifying was again in dry conditions Storm was still struggling to find the pace which left him on a 9th place grid position for Saturdays Race.

Storm Stacey - FPW Racing

 

Race 1 Storm got a good start from his 9th place grid position and went into the first half of Lap one battling with Jack Scott, Asher Durham, Edward Rendell, Jack Nixon and Jake Archer, But Storm never gave up and pulled through the pack – unfortunately Asher Durham crashed out on Lap 6 of the 10 lap Race, which moved Storm up to 4th Place which is where he finished moving himself to a second row a 5th place start position for Sundays race.

Race 1 - Final round 2018.

 

 

 

 

The Weather in race two was horrendous with the bikes going out on full wets. There was a lot of standing water which caught quite a few riders out! This is the first wet Race of the season!!

 

Storm rode quite gingerly for the first few laps – not wanting to make any silly manoeuvres which would of cost him valuable points and the possibility of crashing – as so many had already! On Lap 6 of the 12 Lap race Jack Nixon Went down just in front of Storm but luckily Storm managed to avoid his bike that was left in his line. They all continued very cautiously in the tricky conditions then Unfortunately Eugene McManus had a coming together with Storm and McManus went down nearly collecting Storm in the process – it was more luck than anything that he stayed on!  Storm went on to finish the Race in a very hard fought for  3rd Position.

Race 2 - Final round 2018.

 

Storm Secured a 3rd in the Championship, Jake Archer had already taken the Hel Performance Motostar Championship for 2018 at the last Round and Jack Scott claimed the second place title.

 

 

Photographs:

Neil Pidduck

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Sarah Mason – FPW Racing

 

 

FPW Racing KTM for Sale

 

 

STORM STACEY’S KTM with FACTORY KTM 2017 GP ENGINE

** FOR SALE £38,000**

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Neck and neck, race 2.

CURRENTLY SECOND IN THE HEL PERFORMANCE BRITISH MOTOSTAR CHAMPIONSHIP – GP CLASS

AVAILABLE AFTER BRANDS BSB IN OCTOBER

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Inc spares wheels with discs, Evo 10 exhaust and racefit 107db silencers, spare engine, spare fairings and seat unit

 

CHASSIS

KTM Evo 2016 / 2017 chassis and Swing Arm

ENGINES

KTM Factory 2017 GP engine in bike,  300km  including gearbox

KTM Factory 2017 GP spare engine with 2400km

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SUSPENSION

WP factory 2016 pressurised forks for twin radial calipers

WP factory 2016 Moto 3 rear shock

 

BRAKES

Brembo Front twin disc

Brembo rear caliper

 

WHEELS

1spare set Magnesium with Discs and wets

 

DASHBOARD/ DATA ACQUISITION

2D

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ENGINE MANAGEMENT

Dellorto Dope 2

4 Button play station handle bar switch mode, pit lane limiter, rain light

All functioning sensors including:

Lambda

Front and rear suspension potentiometers

Front and rear wheel speed sensors

GPS

 

WIRING LOOM

Factory KTM

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QUICK SHIFTER

Factory KTM

 

FUEL INJECTION

2016 Factory KTM oval magnesium

 

AIR BOX

KTM carbon fibre

 

FAIRINGS

 

KTM Carbon Fibre 1 set, 1 set Fibre glass

EXHAUST

 

Akaprovic Evo 10 twin pipe with Racefit

107db silencers

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Difficult weekend for Storm at Oulton Park

 

DIFFICULT WEEKEND FOR STORM AT OULTON PARK

                 

FPW Racing had a difficult weekend at Oulton Park Race Circuit but Storm Stacey pulled through to take another couple of 3rd place finishes but unfortunately this wasn’t enough and allowed Jake Archer to secure the 2018 Hel Performance Moto star championship and Jack Scott closed his gap in the points to Storms 2nd place in the championship to just 11 points!!

 Storm leading race 2. Drying track.

 

The weather at Oulton Park was extremely changeable all weekend and luck was not on our side, Storm had an unfortunate crash in FP1 in end FP2 in 3rd position, with both sessions taking place in wet conditions.

 

Saturdays Qualifying was again in mixed conditions, a drying track the Team chose the safe option of wet Tyres and with Storm regaining his confidence from Fridays crash left us with a 9th place qualifying position

 

Oulton Park, race 1.At the beginning of Race 1  the rain again started to lightly fall, as the riders where on slicks race direction made the wise decision to red flag the race to allow a restart on wet tyres if the rider preferred. In the 10 min delay, it rained again, brightened up then rained again, the Team took the decision to run rain tyres  and full wet suspension setting as that’s what the weather suggested on pit lane, however a mile away on the other side of the circuit the track had started to dry up. Storm got another good start but his 9th place qualifying meant he could not quite get away with Jack Scott, Dan Jones and Brandon Pasche on the first lap. But Storm never gave up and pulled through with Jake Archer eventually catching and passing Pasche to take another 3rd place and moving himself for a 5th place start position for Sundays race

 

 

 

The Weather in race two was no different, with the bikes doing the sighting lap on full wets, the race was again delayed for 10 mins due to a drying track. Storms decision to run a slick rear and wet front tyre was at odds to the rest of the grid but the idea was to hit the front on the first lap and take advantage whilst the track was still damp

Tucked-in, race 2.

Storm did exactly as he planned and took the lead and crossed the line in first position for the first 5 laps, unfortunately he could not make the break and was caught by Scott on lap 6 as the track dried. But Storm never gave up and pushed his front wet tyre harder than the track commentators thought possible. Storm lead across the line again on Lap 8 of 10, but unfortunately could not keep the position to the end finishing in a hard fought 3rd position

 

Storm is still currently 2nd in the Championship with 278 points – But Jake Archer has taken the Hel Performance Motostar Championship for 2018.Jack Scott is currently 11 points behind in 3rd which should make for some exciting racing at the last round at Brands Hatch

Storm Stacey - Oulton Park wheelie.

 

Photographs:

Neil Pidduck

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Storm shines through at Silverstone

FPW Racing have enjoyed a strong weekend at Silverstone Race Circuit with Storm Stacey taking another couple of 2nd place finishes to help secure his second place position overall in the championship!!

 The weather at Silverstone was changeable all weekend but luck was on our side and all but one of the sessions were run in dry conditions.Storm top the time sheets in  Friday’s FP1 & FP2 Making a positive start to the weekend.

Saturdays Qualifying was the Team’s first wet session this year on the new KTM. They worked hard to find a good wet setting which resulted in Storm qualifying in fourth position 0.47 seconds off pole.

Storm Stacey leading Motostar race 1 at Silverstone.

Race 1 proved even more excitement as Storm had an excellent start from 4th position off the grid going into the first corner 3 abreast with Jake Archer and Jack Scott – continuing the battle throughout the race with continuous position swaps. Storm finished the 18 Lap Race on the Silverstone National Circuit in 2nd side by side with Jake being half a wheel ahead – the time sheets showing Storm only 0.033 seconds behind, putting in the fastest lap positioning him on pole for Sunday’s Race 2..

 

After rider de brief and Not having to make many set-up refinements overnight, Storm  was ready for the 22 lap race on Sunday.

Neck and neck, race 2.

Storm made his usual fantastic start and Led into the First Corner,

Jack Scott made a move on Storm into luffield and led the first lap across the line, the battle then continued jack, Jake Archer, Asher Durham and Charlie Nesbitt for the next few laps then Stacey, Archer and Scott pulled away for what ended up a Nail biting, Heart stopping Race, unfortunately towards the end of the race they caught up with a huge amount of back markers, Archer again managing to gain advantage of this taking the win against Stacey and Scott who were in close pursuit.

 

Storm is currently 2nd in the Championship with 246 points – 60 behind the Leader Jake Archer and 29 points in front of 3rd place Jack Scott.

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Round 10 of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship At Oulton Park Circuit 14 – 16th September 2018.

 

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Neil Pidduck

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Double podium for Fpw racing at Cadwell Park

2018 HEL Performance

British Motostar Championship Race Team

Round Eight – 17-19 August Cadwell Park Race Circuit

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR FPW RACING AT CADWELL PARK

                 

FPW Racing have enjoyed a strong weekend at Cadwell Park Race Circuit with Storm Stacey taking another couple of podium finishes to secure more points to his second place position overall in the championship!!

 

 

Cadwell Circuit Was another warm one with Sunshine more or less throughout the weekend and with Team spirits high Storm continued improving his performance/Times right from the outset. In Friday’s FP1 & FP2 Storm managed to4th and then 3rd enabling the team to find the settings to put him hopefully in a good qualifying position.

 

Saturdays Qualifying proved to be as exciting as ever with Storm tussling for a Second row start but due to storm being unable to manage a clear lap round the tight and narrow Cadwell circuit unfortunately ended up with a Third row Start in eighth position on the grid.

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Race 1 proved even more excitement as Storm battled through the Grid with an excellent start from 8th place soon to be running upfront with Jake Archer and Jack Scott with several swaps throughout the Race. Storm was closing the front 2 down 1 or 2 10th a lap, On the 10th lap Storm had closed the gap to 0.53 seconds. Unfortunately the Race was Red Flagged with only 2 Laps to go due to an incident in the Standard Class giving Storm a Solid 3rd position – whilst doing so – got the Fastest Lap and ended up Starting from Pole position for Race 2 on Sunday!!

 

After rider de brief and Not having to make many set-up refinements overnight, Storm  was ready for the 12 lap race on Sunday, still running in unusually conditions – warm but maybe a possibility of rain (which delayed the Super Bike Race before us for a short time) but in the end it was a dry race!

 

Storm made a great start and Led in to the First Corner, Unfortunately the three pursuing Rider’s used Storm’s slip stream in the run down to Park Corner and passed him putting him in 4th.

Jake Archer, Asher Durham, Jack Scott and Storm circulated together for the first few laps, then Jake and Jack broke away at the front to leave Storm and Asher battling it out for 3rd position.

At just over Two Thirds distance the Race was yet again Red Flagged and Storm gained the last podium!

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Storm is currently 2nd in the Championship with 206 points – 50 behind the Leader Jake Archer and 21 points in front of 3rd place Jack Scott.

 

Round 9  of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship

At Silverstone GP Circuit 07-09 September 2018.

 

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Photographs:

Neil Pidduck

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FPW RACING WITH VICTORY AT THRUXTON! Round 5 3-5 August 2018

STORM STACEY TAKES HIS FIRST WIN FOR FPW RACING WITH VICTORY AT THRUXTON!

FPW Racing have enjoyed a successful weekend during round five of the HEL

Performance British Motostar Championship at the ultra fast Thruxton circuit. Storm

Stacey took his first victory since joining Adrian Mason’s team at the start of 2017

and backed this up with a strong fourth place in race two; results that significantly

close the gap to the series leader with eight races remaining.

Friday’s free practices were held in dry, sunny conditions. Storm completed the morning

practice in third position before charging to the top of the time sheets during the afternoon

with his final lap of the session.

Thruxton 1

 

Qualifying took place over a 30 minute period on Saturday morning with six riders in close

contention for the front row of the grid. Storm was always in the mix, and would head up

row two with a fourth place grid slot for the opening race.

The fast, flowing nature of the Thruxton airfield

circuit lends itself to close racing and

slipstreaming and this was again the case in

both races. Storm made a great start and

headed the field at the completion of the

opening lap. With positions constantly changing

in the slipstream the ‘leading pack’ had become

seven riders with a couple of laps remaining.

On the long run up the hill to the chicane on the

final lap, an incident occurred that involved one

rider crashing and other riders taking evasive

action.

Thruxton 2

FPW Racing – Official Press Release – 6 August 2018

Jack Scott came through to take the chequered

flag but later received a penalty demoting him

one position, resulting in Storm, the leader

going into the chicane, taking the win, his first

for the team and his first of the season.

With lap times from race one deciding the grid

for race two, Storm would find himself starting

from row three in seventh position for Sunday’s

race.

 

After another trademark Storm Stacey start and opening lap, he would be running third and

then up into second position by the completion of lap three. For the remaining laps, a group

of five riders contested positions second through to sixth with Storm leading the group on

several occasions.

The race leader held a clear advantage leaving

the following group battling for the minor

podium positions. Storm was particularly strong

on the brakes enabling him to make many

overtakes going into the chicane, however,

back markers came into play during the last five

laps, resulting in the group being separated a

little, he battled for second position throughout

the race and finished in a close fourth position

to round off an enjoyable and competitive

weekend for both himself and the team.

HEL Performance British Motostar Championship (Points after Thruxton):

Archer 211, Storm Stacey 174, Durham 156, Scott 140, Rendell 100, Paasch 92.

Round six of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship takes place over the

weekend of 17/19 August at Cadwell Park.

Photography Credits:

Neil Pidduck

written & distributed by:

Martin Knighton

Freelance Motorsport PR

FPW Racing

2018 HEL Performance

British Motostar Championship Race Team

Round Five – 3/5 August – Thruxton

STORM STACEY TAKES HIS FIRST WIN FOR

FPW RACING WITH VICTORY AT THRUXTON!

FPW Racing have enjoyed a successful weekend during round five of the HEL

Performance British Motostar Championship at the ultra fast Thruxton circuit. Storm

Stacey took his first victory since joining Adrian Mason’s team at the start of 2017

and backed this up with a strong fourth place in race two; results that significantly

close the gap to the series leader with eight races remaining.

Friday’s free practices were held in dry, sunny conditions. Storm completed the morning

practice in third position before charging to the top of the time sheets during the afternoon

with his final lap of the session.

Thruxton 3

 

Qualifying took place over a 30 minute period on Saturday morning with six riders in close

contention for the front row of the grid. Storm was always in the mix, and would head up

row two with a fourth place grid slot for the opening race.

The fast, flowing nature of the Thruxton airfield

circuit lends itself to close racing and

slipstreaming and this was again the case in

both races. Storm made a great start and

headed the field at the completion of the

opening lap. With positions constantly changing

in the slipstream the ‘leading pack’ had become

seven riders with a couple of laps remaining.

On the long run up the hill to the chicane on the

final lap, an incident occurred that involved one

rider crashing and other riders taking evasive

action.

FPW Racing – Official Press Release – 6 August 2018

Jack Scott came through to take the chequered

flag but later received a penalty demoting him

one position, resulting in Storm, the leader

going into the chicane, taking the win, his first

for the team and his first of the season.

With lap times from race one deciding the grid

for race two, Storm would find himself starting

from row three in seventh position for Sunday’s

race.

 

After another trademark Storm Stacey start and opening lap, he would be running third and

then up into second position by the completion of lap three. For the remaining laps, a group

of five riders contested positions second through to sixth with Storm leading the group on

several occasions.

The race leader held a clear advantage leaving

the following group battling for the minor

podium positions. Storm was particularly strong

on the brakes enabling him to make many

overtakes going into the chicane, however,

back markers came into play during the last five

laps, resulting in the group being separated a

little, he battled for second position throughout

the race and finished in a close fourth position

to round off an enjoyable and competitive

weekend for both himself and the team.

HEL Performance British Motostar Championship (Points after Thruxton):

Archer 211, Storm Stacey 174, Durham 156, Scott 140, Rendell 100, Paasch 92.

Round six of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship takes place over the

weekend of 17/19 August at Cadwell Park.

Photography Credits:

Neil Pidduck

written & distributed by:

Martin Knighton

Freelance Motorsport PR

FPW Racing

DOUBLE PODIUM AT BRANDS HATCH FOR FPW RACING’S STORM STACEY

Following their recent success in Scotland, FPW Racing headed south to Brands Hatch and round four of the 2018 HEL Performance British Motostar Championship. Storm Stacey, once again, produced consistent results taking a second place finish on the Saturday and a third place in Sunday’s televised feature race.

Friday was really a day of two halves. Storm set the fifth fastest time with his penultimate lap of the opening practice session held in sunny and dry conditions, but an unexpected rain shower occurred prior to the afternoon free practice. 

Storm, along with several other competitors elected to sit and wait for the track conditions to improve. He took to the track with twelve minutes remaining, completed nine laps, and finished the session in third place. 

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Qualifying took place early on the Saturday morning (9am) with sunny and dry conditions reinstated. Storm was in contention for the front row of the grid throughout, eventually missing out by just 0.37 seconds to take fifth position and a place in the middle of row two.

He made an excellent start to the race, leading into the first corner. Jake Archer took the lead by the completion of lap one and marginally increased his lead for several laps.

By lap five Storm began reeling him back in to set up a potential last lap move for the win. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be as an incident further down the field brought out the red flags and since two thirds distance had been completed, a result was declared, with Storm taking second place on the podium. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap six, meaning he would start Sunday’s 14 lap race from pole position and he also clocked the fastest  speed through two of the three speed traps.

Conditions remained hot and sunny for the feature race on Sunday afternoon. As the start lights went out, Storm took the hole shot and once again swept into any early lead, but as on the previous day, Jake Archer was ahead at the completion of the opening lap. Storm had Asher Durham in close company, and by lap three the pair had lost ground to the leader by just under one second. 

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Unfortunately as they duelled over the remaining laps, the gap continued to grow, and the fight was then for second place. Asher held a slight advantage at the completion of lap eleven and back markers came in to play towards the latter stages costing Storm a few tenths of a second. With two laps remaining he was back with Asher but despite his best efforts couldn’t find an opportunity to pass, resulting in him taking a frustrated third place at the chequered flag.

With eight races now completed (out of 18) Storm maintains second place overall in the championship standings:

Archer 195 points, Stacey 136, Durham 123, Scott 95, Rendell 78, Paasch 75.

Round five of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship takes place over the weekend of 3/5 August at Thruxton.

written & distributed by: 

Martin Knighton

Freelance Motorsport PR

FPW Racing

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