Double 6 for Archer at Oulton Park
Two strong sixth place finishes saw Jake Archer move up two positions in the British GP2 Cup championship standings. His 20-point haul saw him move from 10th to 8th overall in the Moto2 support series of the British Superbike Championship.
The weather was glorious at Oulton park as 31 Supersport and Moto2 riders took to the Cheshire track for the 25-minute qualifying session. Archer quickly found his rhythm and early on was running as high as fifth in the GP2 class.
After fourteen laps Jake Archer had posted a 1:40.050 lap time. This meant he would line up 16th on the combined grid for the first race and 6th in the GP2 class.
Saturday afternoon saw the first of Jake’s two races of the weekend. It was a packed Oulton Park grid with riders across the two classes lined up in the afternoon sunshine for the 12-lap Sprint Race.
In the opening laps, Archer was racing in a mixed group, led by GP2 rival Charlie Nesbitt, in a battle for 14th position in the race and fifth in the GP2 category. Oulton Park is not the easiest circuit to pass on and Archer appeared to be held up by a couple of Supersport riders as his GP2 rival managed to open a gap.
With six laps remaining Archer cleared one of the Supersport riders and then concentrated on the next. It took until the final lap before Archer could pass. He finished the race 6th in the GP2 category and pick up ten more championship points.
The good weather continued as Archer lined up 7th in the GP2 category for race15-lap Feature Race on Sunday. At the start of the race one of the riders ahead lost some liquid from his bike. Clearly not wanting to slip off and with numerous riders around him Archer was unable to make much progress on lap one but maintained his position. This caused him to lose touch with some of the riders in front. He was then pursued by several other GP2 class riders but as the race went on he set a series of fast laps, a 1:39.722 being the best of them.
As Archer continued his best pace of the weekend he opened a gap over those following. The Andover rider then had to keep his concentration as he found himself in a lonely race circulating in sixth place crossing the line almost four seconds ahead of the rider behind.
Jake Archer said, “It was another weekend where we continued to improve. We got two solid results. In the first race I got held up by two supersport riders and on this narrow circuit it was difficult to find an opportunity to overtake. In race two I lost ground early on as I thought one of the bikes might have been spraying out oil. I didn’t want to crash out and possibly take others riders with me. Despite that we went on to set our fastest laps of the weekend which was a real confidence booster. I would like to thank the team Kovara Projects by RS Racing and my sponsors including, Griffin Cleaning, City Lifting, HJC Helmets, Radmat, Fourways Property Maintenance and AD Scaffolding.”
The penultimate round is at Donington Park on the 2nd to 4th October.
Images: Kerry Rawson