Brands Hatch Review - Jake heading in the right direction with 2 podium finishes.
Jake Archer left Brands Hatch in better spirits after 2 podiums finishes in The Hel Performance Motostar British Championship.
Following a testing Round 1 at Donington, Jake was determined to improve on his fifth position double at a circuit he has good form around. Both Team City Lifting riders were showing good early pace on the tight Indy circuit in FP2 and were confident going into Qualifying. Early season pace setters Booth Amos, Archer, Eugene McManus, Taz Taylor, Richard Kerr, Storm Stacey and Elliott Lodge again occupied the top 7 slots and all put in sub 50 second laps. With the track bathed in sunshine it was only a matter of time before one of the magnificent 7 would find the perfect lap.
In Race 1 Booth Amos narrowly beat Archer to victory by just 0.051 of a second. Storm Stacey got a flyer off the line closely followed by Taz Taylor and Jake into turn 1,with Lodge, Kerr, McManus and Booth Amos in pursuit. Taylor took the lead on lap 2, Lodge and McManus exchanged places at every opportunity. Lap 9 saw disaster for Taylor as he rounded Clearways and lost the rear collecting the unlucky Elliot Lodge, leaving Eugene McManus to lead a race for the first ever time. His joy was cut short as he tumbled out on lap 10 at Druids giving Booth Amos the opportunity he had been waiting for. Jake pushed his team mate all the way but the Newport flyer held onto victory with Archer in second. Jake clinched pole position for Race two after setting a fastest lap of 49.151 around the Indy circuit. Booth Amos and Archer were joined by Eugene McManus Jnr on the front row of the grid,
Race 2 became a tale of two battles with Booth Amos and Archer eventually fighting it out for the top two positions, McManus and fellow irishman Richard Kerr slugged it out for the remaining podium place.
It was Kerr who had led the early stages followed by Booth Amos and McManus, Jake Archer was in fourth but losing ground on the front three. Archer began to reduce the deficit with some consistently fast lap times and with six remaining he had caught the front runners and taken the lead. The City Lifting duo broke away and opened up a 4 second gap leaving McManus to hold onto third for the final few laps despite pressure from Kerr, On the penultimate lap Booth Amos regained the lead and took the chequered flag 0.691 seconds ahead of Archer.
" Race 2 was a good battle, I fell behind on the opening lap but still managed to catch back up, I'm disappointed not to get a win but have to be happy collecting 40 championship points"
Jake completed the weekend adding another 40 championship points to his total which puts him in second behind team mate Booth Amos, both riders look like championship contenders now and Jake put in consistently quick times around the short circuit. Moving onto Oulton Park for Round 3, Archer needs to carry this momentum onto a first win of the season which can't be far away now..