• Jeremy Ryan

Archer takes maximum points at Oulton Park

Andover Moto3 rider Jake Archer left the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship with maximum points last weekend. Round two of the Moto3 series was at Oulton Park. Jake Archer has collected 95 points from a possible 100 so far.

Having left round one with a win and a second place the City Lifting rider was aiming to build on that success and extend his championship lead from nine points.

Free Practice On Friday the Moto3 riders enjoyed two free practice sessions in sunny conditions. In FP1 Archer quickly found his rhythm with a lap time of 1:45.984 putting him first on the timesheet. In FP2 he finished top again but felt there was more speed to come as he encountered some traffic on the circuit. His lap time in FP2 was 1:45.140 putting him 0.232 ahead of his closest rival.

Qualifying The good weather continued on the Sunday and Jake Archer was looking forward to the small overnight changes the team made to his bike. He quickly slotted into the top of the timesheets where he stayed throughout the session. Archer finished with a 1:44.072 which although put him just 0.160 ahead of his team-mate he was almost 1.3 seconds ahead of the third quickest rider.

Race One The first race of the weekend was on Sunday afternoon. Jake Archer took the hole shot and was closely followed by his teammate, Jack Scott and Storm Stacey. However, it didn’t take long for the two City Lifting riders to stretch away building a gap to the rider in third. The two teammates battled each other hard for the race victory. With three laps remaining his teammate had a technical issue and ran off track losing some positions. This left Jake Archer out front on his own. Without anyone pushing him he remained focused and came across the line with a seven second margin.

Race Two On Monday the riders set off for the second race. Having recorded the fastest lap in race one Archer was again on pole position. Jake Archer made another good start but this time it was just Storm Stacey that kept him honest tucking in behind the City Lifting rider throughout most of the race. Archer was aware that his rival was waiting to pounce in the closing stages of the race and cleverly managed to put some back markers between him and Stacey on the final lap. It was close but Archer took his second win of the weekend.

Jake now has 95 points in the championship and leads Stacey in second by 31. His City Lifting teammate is third just two points further back.

Jake Archer said, “I came with the intention of taking two wins, especially after a small mistake at Brands Hatch meant I didn’t score maximum points there. It was good fun battling with my teammate in the first race and then Stacey in the second and we go to the next race feeling really positive. I must thank Ryan Saxelby for an excellent bike and all my sponsors including City Lifting and Kovara Projects.”

The next round will be at Knockhill in Scotland on the weekend of the 6 to 8 July.