FRASER Rogers followed up his memorable National Superstock victory with two second-place finishes in round three of the British Superbikes Superstock championship.

Following the Swindon racer’s maiden win in round two at Larkhill in Scotland, Rogers went into the race weekend at Brands Hatch full of confidence and hoping to cut the gap to the championship leader.

Friday’s practice began strongly as the youngster pushed up from an initial sixth place and up to second at the end of the session with a time of 1:27.718.

Rogers’ IN Competition team was suitably prepared for the double-race weekend, with Saturday’s rain meaning a wet-weather tyre was quickly fixed onto the Aprilia RSV4 for qualifying.

The Swindon racer was characteristically consistent throughout the 14 laps and brought his bike home in third position ahead of the main event.

Starting from the front row of the grid for race one, Rogers took advantage of the inside line going into the steep turn one and stuck to the leaders like glue.

By lap three, he seized the opportunity to slide underneath David Allingham and move into second. Having moved up into a position to fight for the win, Rogers was too far back from leader Luke Mossey to challenge and was forced to settle for second.

Rogers started Sunday’s race in wonderful fashion and tucked in behind race leader Mossey once again for the opening moments.

But on lap three, Mossey made a mistake which allowed Rogers to temporarily take the lead. The Swindon racer held top spot for around three laps before Alex Olsen - who had made his way through the field from sixth - blasted past with a move Rogers could have done nothing about.

Rogers held onto second for the remainder of the race to cap off a superb weekend for the Swindon man.

Reacting to the pair of podiums on a weekend where Rogers’ close friend Brad Jones suffered a serious crash in a seperate event, IN Competition team owner Ian Newton said: “Fraser and the team did an exceptionally good job on a very hard and emotional weekend. Our thoughts are with Brad and his family.”

Following Rogers’ round-three results, the Swindon racer is just 10 points behind championship leader Billy McConnell.