Archer a tyre width from a return to the podium at Oulton Park
Jake Archer capped a great weekend at Oulton Park with two fifth place finishes. The Andover Kovara Projects by RS Racing rider missed out on a podium finish in race two by just a tenth in a four rider battle for the final podium spot.
The reigning British Motostar Champion returned to the KTM Moto3, and was clearly enjoying himself.
There was a damp start to the weekend with the first free practice session almost one to forget. Archer managed to put in three laps in the conditions finishing second quickest. In the afternoon session the track was still damp. Archer recorded a 1:46.726 placing him fifth fastest on Friday night.
Qualifying took place early on Saturday morning. The track as cold, as a result, the fastest times came much later in the session. On the number 47 KTM machine, Archer posted a 1:53.010 which meant starting the race from 7th spot.
In the first race the front three riders managed to break away early. Jake Archer was in the chasing group of four riders including Ed Best, Jack Nixon and Asher Durham.
In the opening laps Archer moved from seventh to sixth and was putting Nixon under pressure for fifth in the race. He took that fifth position on lap five. Archer then began to pull-away and went on to finish in that position with a gap of two and three quarter seconds over the rider in sixth.
Archer lined up fifth for the second race after posting a 1:45.637 in race one. He made a great start to the race moving into third position on lap five although he was closely followed by both Ed best and Jack Nixon once again.
The three traded places throughout the 12 lap race. Archer was in the fight for the podium all the way to the finish line. He finished the race in fifth but was only just over a tenth from a return to the podium in British Motostar.
Jake Archer said,” I really enjoyed the weekend. In race two we were really close to the podium and that feels good. I want to thank the whole Kovara Projects by RS Racing team for a great bike and my sponsors, without who I wouldn’t be racing.”
The next race will be on the famous TT circuit of Assen where Jake Archer will return to the Moto2 machine.
Photo: Kerry Rawson