Jake Archer finished in a solid fourth position and picked up 13 critical points to keep him second behind team mate Tom Booth Amos in the Hel Performance Motostar British Championship. Tom Booth Amos made it three wins on the spin with another brilliant ride at Oulton Park. Booth Amos took the victory ahead of the impressive young Irishman Eugene McManus with Taz Taylor in third.
Team City Lifting had set the early benchmark by dominating the two practice sessions on Saturday. Jake's team mate Tom Booth Amos topped the time sheets with Archer close on both occasions. Booth Amos set the pace in FP1 with a best lap of 1:46.265 and went quicker in FP2 with a time of 1:45.622, Tom was also fastest through all 4 sectors with an average speed of 91.75mph. Jake sat comfortably in second spot just 0.687 away.
Eugene McManus took the honours in FP3 on Sunday, setting a 1:46.238 lap time,Jake, Booth Amos, and McManus were all expected to be amongst the afternoon's front runners in the Qualification session. Tom Booth Amos stormed to pole position setting near lap record pace with Jake pushed off the front row by Eugene McManus and Taz Taylor. Jake started 4th on the grid.
Bank Holiday Monday's race was shortened to 11 laps following an incident at the start, Jake and his team mate got away first with McManus and Taylor in pursuit, the foursome pulled ahead of the field with Booth Amos dominating each lap setting consistently fast lap times. Archer made a minor mistake leaving him out of the podium places and on the run to the chequered flag McManus snatched second place from the unlucky Taylor by 0.049 of a second.
"I made some simple mistakes that cost me a podium, I'm disappointed not to be up there with Tom but the points will keep me in the championship fight. Thanks to everyone at City Lifting for their support again"
Tom Booth Amos strengthened his lead on the championship and has already amassed 100 points, Archer is second on 75 with Eugene McManus now third on 65.
Jake now has a 6 week break due to the road racing season but plans to visit the NW200 with team mate Tom Booth Amos and RS Racing colleague Eugene McManus. Training and planning for round 4 at Knockhill will now commence, see you all in June !!