Jake Archer ends the season with a 100 points
Andover Moto2 racer Jake Archer finished the British GP2 Cup 2020 season with an eighth and sixth place finish to see him finish the season on 100 points and eighth in the overall standings.
On Friday the Moto2 riders enjoyed two dry free practice sessions which saw Archer improve his lap time almost a second in an encouraging start to the weekend. Overnight rain fell at Brands Hatch. However, with the riders out late morning a narrow dry line had begun to appear on the 2.7 mile Kent circuit. With slicks fitted Archer circulated cautiously to start with as he gained confidence with the surface. By the end of the session he managed a time of 1:31.621 which put him 21st on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid and 8th in his class.
Temperatures were cold for Saturday afternoon’s 12-lap Sprint Race which took part in the fading light of the late afternoon. Archer spent the entire race in close proximity to the rear wheels of fellow GP2 rider Cameron Horsman and Supersport class rider of Australian Tom Toparis. He moved up from 21st to 17th over the course of the race remaining 8th in the GP2 class at the flag.
In race two on Sunday afternoon, Archer made a great start gaining four places on the opening lap although he remained 8th in the GP2 class. The race then took a familiar turn as he once again found himself battling with GP2 rider Cameron Horsman and Supersport rider Toparis early on. Horsman managed to pass Toparis at the midway stage and it looked like he might break-away from Archer. A few laps latter and the Kovara Projects rider also overtook the Supersport rider and began to chase Horsman.
The two then caught GP2 rider Dan Jones. The three riders then fought a battle for fifth spot in the GP2 category with Archer through on Jones with three laps to go. Horsman had made a move a lap or two earlier but Archer was soon on his back wheel. Despite applying intense pressure on the final lap Archer could not find a way through and crossed the finish line 6th just 0.155 seconds behind Horsman.
Archer scored points in 11 of the 12 races and then one he did not score in was the result of an electrical fault. His 18-point haul over this final weekend took his championship point tally to 100 and 8th overall in the championship standings.
Jake Archer said, “I was really pleased to get the sixth place finish in race two and be so close to a top five finish. It was an unusual season with just the six rounds and no spectators but I have really enjoyed it. I have to thank the team Kovara Projects by RS Racing for a great bike all season, also all my sponsors who if I did not have them I wouldn’t be racing. Thanks to: Citylifting, Erwin Hymer Centre, Euroclad, Sureweld, Radmat, Griffin Cleaning, Four Ways Property Maintenance, and of course HJC Helmets.”
Photos: Kerry Rawson