Round 11 Review - Assen
Jake Archer secured the runners up spot in this season's Hel Performance Motostar British Championship at The Cathedral of Speed in Assen. The British Superbike event has become a firm favourite on the dutch circuits calendar and thousand of fans turned up to watch an exciting weekends racing. The continuing battle between Andover Ace Archer and his team mate Tom Booth Amos was one of the highlights.
Unfortunately it was Tom Booth Amos who collected his 16th and 17th wins of the year to become The Hel Performance Motostar British Champion for 2017. Booth Amos secured enough points in front of the Assen crowd, to end his season long battle with team mate Archer, who now has to settle for the runners up spot. With one round remaining at Brands Hatch, the Andover star cannot catch his team mate. Archer should not be disappointed with second place after showing a real consistency in his performances, scoring points at every race, including 3 wins and 12 second places. City Lifting will be keen to ensure Archer stays with the team in 2018. Booth Amos got right down to business on Friday, destroying the Motostar lap record and dominating both Free Practice sessions. In FP2 he smashed his PB by 2 seconds to set a new record of 1:44.427 with team mate Jake Archer in P2 two seconds adrift. Walid Soppe from the Fruedenberg Racing Team finished third, 0.787 behind Archer. In Qualifying, Booth Amos was looking comfortable out in front so it would be down to Archer to come up with something spectacular to stay in the title fight.The weather was forecast to deteriorate and a wet race looked ominous. Race 1 - Tom Booth Amos outclassed the field to take his 16th win of the season ahead of Archer yet again in second with Ed Best finishing in third. Booth Amos put on a master show to dent his team mate's hopes and almost guarantee the title providing he could secure another win in Race 2 on Sunday. It was Archer who got the hole shot and led lap 1 but as the duo approached the Geert Timmer Bocht chicane, Booth Amos nipped passed his rival and took off into the distance. He finished 12.3 seconds ahead of Archer and Ed Best was 40 seconds adrift in P3. Archer did everything he could but it just wasn't enough to beat his rival. Race 2 - With an early Sunday morning time slot of 11.30am, the Motostar paddock opened the final day's entertainment for the enthusiastic dutch support. Archer and Booth Amos didn't disappoint but it was Tom who romped to the Championship title in spectacular fashion, beating the unlucky Archer by 8.7 seconds. Walid Soppe completed the podium in front of his home fans. Archer was quick to pay tribute to his team mate; "Tom's been phenomenal this season so congratulations to him, I couldn't have done anymore so will have to take the positives and look forward to 2018. Maybe next year I will be the one celebrating. I'm going to Brands in a fortnight to enjoy my weekend, I'm still runner up in The British Championship and that's the second time I've achieved that. I'd like to thank Ryan and the team, plus my family and friends for all their support, and especially all the sponsors who have been amazing"
The final Round of The British Superbike Championship is at Brands Hatch over the weekend 13th-15th October. With the team and riders titles in the bag, Team City Lifting will be putting on quite a show for the fans. Jake Archer has been a revelation and in any other year would have been a worthy champion, how unlucky for him that his team mate delivered a season to remember!