Jake Archer achieves top five finish in British GP2 Cup at Silverstone
Two more races and two more solid points scoring finishes for the Kovara Projects by RS Racing Moto2 rider from Andover.
A seventh place finish in race one followed by fifth in race two saw Archer leave Silverstone with another 20 British GP2 Cup points. His season total of 54 points puts him 10th in the standings.
Qualifying was quickly interrupted when a red flag was held aloft after just three minutes. It didn’t distract Jake Archer as he went on to build on his lap times from the Friday free practice. His 56.870 seconds around the National Circuit set him up for a 7th place start in the GP2 category and 21st overall on the combines GP2 / Supersport grid.
The 18 lap Sprint race got underway just after 5pm on Saturday afternoon. Archer didn’t get the start he wanted losing a position on the opening lap. By the seventh lap of 18 he was running in 6th place and fighting hard to hold off the challenge of rival Joey Thompson.
With three laps remaining the number 76 of Oliver managed to squeeze by Archer as the number 47 was suffering from severe tyre wear. Unable to get back through Archer had to settle for a solid 7th position at the flag.
Sunday saw the 26 lap Feature race. The team had made some adjustments to the suspension to try and a conserve more grip in the rear tyre. Archer started 21st this time and eighth in the GP category. Just a couple of laps later he was up to 7th in class and 21st overall.
Shortly afterwards there was a coming together of three riders from both supersport and GP2 and Archer was able to benefit moving up to 5th.
The tyre lasted longer but so did the race. Although the grip levels dropped off again in the final laps he managed to maintain the position until the chequered flag to end another successful weekend.
Jake Archer said, “Firstly, thanks to Kovara Projects and my other sponsors including, Griffin Cleaning, City Lifting, HJC Helmets, Radmat, Fourways Property Maintenance
and AD Scaffolding. Also a big thank you to RS Racing for preparing the bike each weekend. Although we suffered some grip issues some other teams did as well. We are continuing to go in the right direction and I am already looking forward to the next round at Oulton Park.”
The next round is at Oulton Park from the 18th to 20th September.