Brands Hatch Indy Race Report

Seventh Heaven For Hickman At Brands Hatch

Lee Jackson was having his first race outings of the year after being forced to miss the opening round at Donington Park and although he qualified in 21st place, he made good progress in the opening encounter. Indeed, the Lincoln rider was unlucky to miss out on the points after a solid ride saw him eventually cross the line in 16th.

It was a similar story for the 21 year old from Lincoln in the second race and having slotted into 19th in the early stages, he eventually took 16th place for the second time in the day. His best race lap was considerably quicker than he’d gone all weekend and he’s now eagerly looking forward to the next round and continued progress.

Lee Jackson: “You never want to leave a meeting without points but it’s been a lot better weekend than what it was at Donington. I’ve ridden a BMW for a good few years now but this year’s is very Lee Jackson different due to different suspension and the like but getting the full weekend under my belt has given me a lot of confidence. We’ve made massive improvements to the bike and step by step, I’ve moved forward and gone quicker in each session. I’ve moved forward a lot this weekend so the next step is to get back into the points.”

#14 Lee Jackson Lincoln Smiths Racing BMW 1000

Rebecca Smith, Team Manager: “After where we were in qualifying, race day has been an awful lot better and Peter and the team really turned things around. He put in two strong rides to get two strong results and although it’s obviously early days, those solid points have moved him into a good fifth place overall. For Lee, the weekend has been a major confidence booster and for him to get two good finishes and complete every session and race is great for all concerned. We’ll keep working hard and look for further improvements at round two.”

MCE British Superbike Championship race one (30 laps)
1 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
2 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
3 Christian Iddon (BMW)
4 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
5 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
6 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)
9 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
16 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)

MCE British Superbike Championship race two (30 laps)
1 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
2 Christian Iddon (BMW)
3 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
4 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
5 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
6 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
7 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
16 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)

Championship Standings (after two rounds)
1 Haslam 86pts
2 Mossey 81
3 Iddon 65
4 Brookes 48
5 Hickman 37
6 Irwin 36

Round three of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park over the May bank holiday weekend (29 April/1 May) and for further information, please visit www.smithsracing.co.uk and www.britishsuperbike.com.

Pictures attached (courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography): Peter Hickman (60) & Lee Jackson (14) in action at Brands Hatch.

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