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MORE POINTS FOR FRANCIS AND MOVUNO.COM HALSALL RACING AT BRANDS HATCH

The movuno.com Halsall Racing team bagged another solid haul of points at Brands Hatch as rider Joe Francis scored a third and fourth in the weekend’s two Dickies British Supersport races.

MORE POINTS FOR FRANCIS AND MOVUNO.COM HALSALL RACING AT BRANDS HATCH

The Chester rider celebrated a third place podium finish in Saturday’s Sprint race, but admitted he was a little disappointed to not grab a second as he crossed the line fourth in class after Sunday afternoon’s Feature battle.

Starting at the front of the second row for the Sprint race, Francis got a strong start and had passed the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha of Keith Farmer by the time the pack had reached Druids.

While non-points scorers Alastair Seeley and Luke Stapleford ran away with insurmountable leads, Francis, Farmer and Matt Truelove settled into a race-long battle for what was essentially the win.

The trio made a number of passes on each other in a fight for podium supremacy, with Joe Collier on another Spirit Moto2 non-points scoring machine joining the mix late in the shortened 10-lap race.

As they emerged from Clearways on the final lap, Farmer crossed the line first in class, with Truelove nabbing the runner-up spot a quarter of a second back and Francis 1.3secs further adrift completing the podium.

MORE POINTS FOR FRANCIS AND MOVUNO.COM HALSALL RACING AT BRANDS HATCH

The 19-year-old was hoping for more of the same in Sunday’s race, and he got a fast start from seventh on the grid to find himself up to second place before dropping back to third later in the first lap.

But this time it was to be a much tougher battle, as he dropped back to fifth on the second lap and third in class. On the sixth lap Jack Kennedy passed him, and this was the end of his podium hunt.

He spent the remainder of the 18-lap race having what was a bit of a lonely ride as he continued to lose grip, and it became a damage limitation exercise as he kept his head down and pressed on, finally crossing the line sixth overall and fourth in class.

“I’m disappointed with that second race, the rear end just had no grip,” he said. “It was one of those races that just wasn’t very good, it seemed to get worse and worse and it was hard to hang on.

“Towards the end I was riding on my own, which isn’t something that bothers me but I was getting a bit frustrated because I didn’t have the pace to catch them.

“But, we have to look at the positives. I was fourth and bagged another haul of points. This came after a third yesterday, which was great, but it’s always harder when your best result comes in the first race because you go home feeling a bit deflated.
MORE POINTS FOR FRANCIS AND MOVUNO.COM HALSALL RACING AT BRANDS HATCH “I have to just move on from here and look towards the next round where hopefully we can get back to fighting at the front where we belong.”

Team owner Martin Halsall added: “While we all agree third and fourth place were okay results, we know we can do better. I’d like to see race wins coming soon, and I know Joe is also disappointed that he hasn’t been up there yet.

“It’s good to see so many different riders on the podium as it keeps the championship open for attack, but we do need to step it up if that’s what we all want.

“We’ve all come away from Brands looking at what we can do now to get up there fighting for the wins. We know we’re all more than capable of getting there, so we just need to find a tiny little something extra and hopefully we can come out fighting at Thruxton in a fortnight.”

Dickies British Supersport Championship Sprint race result:

1. Alastair Seeley (M2 class, does not score points)
2. Luke Stapleford (WSS, does not score points)
3. Keith Farmer
4. Joe Collier (M2 class, does not score points)
5. Matt Truelove
6. Joe Francis (third in class)
7. Andrew Irwin
8. Bjorn Estment
9. Benjamin Currie
10. Jamie Perrin

Dickies British Supersport Feature Race result:
1. Luke Stapleford (WSS, does not score points)
2. Alastair Seeley (M2 Class, does not score points)
3. Jack Kennedy
4. Keith Farmer
5. Andrew Irwin
6. Joe Francis (fourth in class)
7. Benjamin Currie
8. David Allingham
9. Ross Twyman
10. Jamie Perrin

Dickies British Supersport Championship points after Round 6
1. Keith Farmer 190
2. Andrew Irwin 164
3. Jack Kennedy 157
4. David Allingham 155
5. Tarran Mackenzie 150
6. Benjamin Currie 137
7. Ross Twyman 107
8. Joe Francis 106
9. Jamie Perrin 84
10. Tom Ward 52

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