Solid 8th place finish after DNF in race one
Jake Archer recovers from DNF in race one to finish 8th in race two.
In the penultimate round of the British GP2 Cup Jake Archer took an 8th place at Donington Park in the second race on Sunday. This followed a DNF due to an electrical issue in race one on Saturday in horrendous conditions.
In complete contrast to the glorious weather at Oulton Park, last time out, the Donington circuit was a wash of black clouds producing anything from fine drizzle to heavy rain on Saturday. The result was that the qualifying session was cancelled and the best lap times from the two free practice sessions on Friday were used to set the grid.
Archer lined up at the end of row 6 on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid for the first race of the weekend. The weather hadn’t let up and Archer’s damp weekend got worse shortly after the race began. Circulating the 2.5 mile GP circuit in difficult conditions Archer suffered an electrical issue on just the third lap which ended his race.
The weather improved throughout Sunday sufficiently so for the British GP2 Cup 14-lap Feature Race to be declared a dry race. Archer lined up 23rd this time (8th in the Moto2 category). He quickly overtook three Supersport riders to move into 21st overall remaining 8th in the Moto2 class.
Archer set some very consistent 1:36 laps, improving as the race went on. He managed to set his best two laps on his Kovara Projects / RS Racing Kalex near the end of the race. In doing so he held off a late challenge from Cameron Fraser to secure 8th spot and 8 more championship points.
The Andover rider now has 82 points and is 8th overall in the series. The DNF in race one was the first time he hasn’t scored points this year.
Jake Archer said, “It was disappointing not to finish the first race but this happens sometimes in racing. This year the bike has been really good all year so it was just one of those things. I had been hoping for a better result than I got in race two. But with the weather changing so much and so little dry time this weekend to get a proper set up, we were having to make changes to the bike without really having been able to test them first. Still we got an eighth place and more points so we should not complain too much. Thanks to all our sponsors including Erwin Hymer Centre Travelworld who have recently come on board to help for the final two rounds of the season.”
The last round is at Brands Hatch on the 16th to 18th October.