Jake Archer could relax at Brands Hatch in the final round of the Hel Performance British Motostar Champion, because he had already secured the title at Oulton Park. However, the 18 year-old Andover ace stood on the podium twice. On Saturday he finished second before taking his 11th victory of the season. Archer finished with 375 points, a lead of 63.
The first free practice session Archer finished third. It was very tight with the first four riders within seven tenths of a second. In the afternoon session Archer improved to second overall just behind his City Lifting teammate Jack Scott.
On Saturday morning the 32 GP and standard class Moto3 riders took to the 2.4 mile Brands Hatch circuit for the 30-minute qualifying session. Apart from minor changes Archer’s bike remained the same as the day before. His 1:33.397 was good enough to put him second on the grid, with teammate Jack Scott on pole position.
With the championship already sealed Archer had been asked to try and help his teammate secure second spot in the series. Riding with the number one on his bike Archer made a solid start paying attention to where rider Storm Stacey was. Stacey led Scott by 11 points in the battle for runner-up spot. Jack Scott made a good start taking the race lead. At the midway stage when it was apparent that Stacey wasn’t going to be able to catch Scott Archer moved through the field to finish second. Scott was now just one point behind Stacey.
The 12 lap race on Sunday was in terrible conditions. The rain had come down and there was standing water on the circuit. With his team duties complete Archer made a great start and took the holeshot. There were a large number of riders that crashed out in the slippery conditions but Archer led the race from lights to flag. With his teammate finishing second Team City Lifting secured a one-two in the races and the championship.
Jake Archer said,” The season couldn’t have gone any better. I’m delighted to have finished the season with a win. As always I need to thank all those people that have helped me win this championship which includes, Ryan Saxelby for a superb bike each race weekend, City Lifting, Kovara Projects, HJC Helmets, Sureweld, Euroclad, Radmat and Safety Industrial plus all my supporters and those members of the Jake Archer 47 club.”
Archer is already making plans for the 2019 season which will see him ride a Moto2 machine in the British Superbike series with a new team.