Jake Archer was looking to further build his confidence with the new Moto2 machine at Oulton Park last weekend. Racing within the British Supersport category the GP2 machines score points in their own championship. In race one Archer finished 7th in the GP2 class and went one better crossing the line 6th in race two.
There was initially a damp track for FP1. Archer set off on wets but a dry line quickly formed and he returned to the garage. The team switched to slicks for the remainder of the session. Archer went on to asset a best time of 1:48.055.
For FP2 the track was dry and Archer made a great leap forward clocking a 1:43.799 In the afternoon session.
Having had a talk with the team, Archer was keen to start qualifying early on Sunday afternoon. He improved throughout the session setting a 1:45.405 before coming into the pits for some final adjustments. In his second stint he reduced his lap time to 1:43.726 putting him 26th on the grid and sixth in the GP2 class.
Late Sunday afternoon the first race of the weekend was the ten lap Sprint Race. Starting so far back it was difficult to make progress in the initial laps. Archer lost a couple of places but was soon in his rhythm. He started to close in on the riders in front including two fellow GP2 riders in De Vries and Boerboom. Slowly reeling them in he managed to pick off De vries in the closing laps. He crossed the line 7th in the GP2 class and just three-tenths behind the number 50 of Boerboom.
After a short delay caused by a fault with the starting lights the race was reduced to from 16 to 14 laps. Unfortunately, Archer struggled again at the start dropping three places on the first lap. Once more, Archer got his head down and immediately started to work on pulling back some of those positions. He quickly overtook De Vries to move into 7th in the GP2 class and set his sights on Boerboom who was over 5 seconds down the road. Archer increased his pace and was lapping more than three tenths of a second faster than the Dutchman.
An incident on lap ten brought out the red flag and the race was stopped. At that stage Archer was less than half a second behind Boerboom and had the race gone the full distance would have had several laps to look for a way through. It wasn’t to be and Archer finished 6th in the GP2 class.
Jake Archer said, “It was a really good weekend. There is still a lot to learn with this Moto2 machine but I feel very positive about the direction we are heading. We continued to improve throughout the weekend and in race two we just ran out of laps. Thanks to Kovara Projects, Euroclad and all my sponsors for their amazing support.”
Jake Archer will be back in Moto2 action in round three at Donington Park on the weekend of 24 to 26 May 2019.