A Big Step Forward at Donington
Photo: Kerry Rawson
Kovara Project by RS Racing rider Jake Archer was competing in the British GP2 class, within the British Supersport series at Donington Park last weekend. They raced the 2-mile National circuit missing out the Melbourne Loop. In race one he finished 17th overall and brought his Moto2 across the line fourth in the British GP2 class. In the second race he was 15th at the line which gave him another fourth in the Moto2 category.
The weather was good for the free practice sessions on the Friday. In the morning session, no one completed more laps than Archer as he continued to learn the Moto2 machine. He finished with a best time of 1:13.489.
The second session Archer was able to find a tenth and dropped his lap time to 1:13.339, with Archer again using all the available time.
Overnight the team got together to try and find more time. It proved a productive meeting. On Saturday morning Archer was back out on track for the thirty-minute qualifying session. He continued to progress managing to chop more than a second off his free practice time. He ended with a lap time of 1:12.010.
As the riders lined up on the grid there were spots of rain in certain sectors. However, not enough for the organisers to declare it a wet race and riders set off on their 20 lap Sprint Race. Despite a warning of light rain in all sectors during the race it remained a dry track. Archer cut another second off his lap time during the Sprint Race clocking a 1:11.770 as he crossed the finish line in fourth place in the British GP2 championship.
The riders faced a tyre choice for the second race of the weekend. There had been some rain during the day but a dry line was appearing on the track. With the strong wind at the circuit it could improve further, although more rain could also fall. Some riders went for slick front and rear whilst others remained on wets. Archer opted for a wet front and slick rear.
It proved to be a good choice in the conditions. Starting 20th on the combined grid Archer continually increased his pace as he understood the track conditions. He went on to set his three fastest laps on the final laps of the race crossing the line 15th overall and 4th again in the British GP2 class.
Jake Archer said, “I feel really good after this weekend. Every race we are making progress but this weekend I felt we made a big step forward. We are learning more about the braking zones and the bike set up. We cut loads off our lap time over the weekend, obviously before race two. Even then in those conditions we came away with a good result.”
Jake Archer is now fourth in the British GP2 championship with 66 points.
He will be back on track at round four of the British Superbike Championship in the GP2 support series at Brand Hatch on the weekend of the 14 to 16 June.