With one round to go Jake Archer has secured the British Moto3 title of Hel Performance British Motostar Champion 2018.
The 18-year-old from Andover has scored an unassailable 330 points with two races remaining. A fifth and a fourth place finish were sufficient at Oulton Park at the weekend to take the British title.
Archer said,” Its Mega to have won it. I have been runner-up for the last two years and finally I am Champion. I have to thank Ryan Saxelby who has given me a fantastic bike all season. Also my sponsors City Lifting, Kovara Projects, Radmat, Sureweld, Euroclad and Safety Industrial, my parents of course and all of those people who follow me each race.”
Friday broke with wet weather at Oulton Park and that then continued for both free practice sessions. With the championship in mind Jake Archer sat out both sessions rather than risk an injury.
The session on Saturday morning was dry. The objective of keeping out of trouble for the races failed however. As Archer left pit lane he hit a patch of oil and high-sided seriously damaging the bike and landing on his shoulder. He also aggravated the ankle injury he suffered when he was punted off at Thruxton in August. Eight people worked flat out to try and get the bike back together again before the end of qualifying. In the end the great work meant Archer got six laps in and qualified an incredible fifth.
Feeling sore after injuring his already damaged ankle Archer put a brave face on as he lined up on the grid. Spots of rain then began to fall as the riders started their warm up lap. The race started but was quickly red flagged on the first lap as the rain became heavier.
After a short delay the race was shortened by two laps to ten with all riders opting for wet tyres as the rain continued to descend. Archer made a good start. His goal was to keep as close to his main rival as possible if he couldn’t beat him.
Archer crossed the finish line in fifth in a four-way fight for third place. He lost five points to his championship rival. Going into race two there were still 75 points up for grabs this season and Archer had an advantage of 55.
Archer only needed to finish one place behind Storm Stacey to secure the British Motostar title. There were nervous moments at the start. After some rain the track was drying and tyre choice decisions had to be made. Archer decided to match the strategy of his title rival Stacey, as that was the only person he needed to be concerned about. Both riders opted for a wet front and a dry rear tyre. However, at the very last minute the team decided to switch Archer to a dry front as most other riders had done, except for Stacey. If he wanted to change it was now too late.
It looked like a master stroke as the track continued to dry but it wasn’t as easy as it could have been. Stacey rode well, his wet front making little difference as he led the race. Archer kept himself in touch moving up from fifth to fourth and never more than a second behind the leading rider.
At the flag Archer had done enough to secure the title. Stacey had dropped back two positions and crossed the line third with Archer just 0.208 seconds further back.
It was third time lucky for a deserved champion. Archer who has been runner-up twice before.