Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson stormed to his debut Superstock 1000 victory at the fast paced Thruxton circuit this weekend. The Lincoln lad also continued his duties on the team’s Superbike machine, becoming one of the youngest British Superbike point scorers ever on Sunday.
The Lincoln lad quickly adapted to the wet conditions on his Superbike around the ultra-fast Andorver circuit, settling in to the top ten on Saturday. Meanwhile, in the Superstock 1000 category, he held provisional pole position over night. Despite being unable to hold on to pole position, the talented teenager grabbed himself a front row start.
In Superbike qualifying, once again Jackson was able to make it through to the second qualifying stage and he was confident he had the pace for the final qualifying stage, and a consequent top ten start. However, a crash midway through the session halted his charge and he was left with a still impressive fourth row start.
Jackson started Sunday with his usual Superstock 1000 race. He started well, quickly settling in to a battle for the lead, taking his turn at the front on numerous occasions. As it came down to the last lap Jackson had settled in to second place, glued on to the tail of the lead rider.
The leaders came through the penultimate corner of Church on the final lap and Jackson made a great run; he drafted through into the lead. Championship leader, Danny Buchan, moved through on the inside under braking but the Lincoln lad rolled around the outside to hold the inside line for the chicane. The power of the BMW HP4 helped Lee across the line to take his debut win in emphatic style.
In the first of the Superbike races, straight after his Superstock victory, Jackson slipped backwards off the line but quickly embraced himself in a race long battle for the final point scoring places. He battled hard to one British Superbike point, losing out on 14th place on the last lap.
Jackson’s final race of the day came later in the afternoon and he once again got muscled out in the opening corners. However, he came in to his own and started to make his way back through the field before the safety car was deployed. However, Jackson thought he had seen the red flag so came down pit lane, putting him to the back of the grid when the race was eventually red flagged moments later. He rode brillianty, though. Making his way through to 13th, with a top ten finish in sight, before crashing out on the exit of Club Chicane.
“This weekend has been really good. Friday started off really well for me on the Superbike, finishing the first session inside the top 20. Then it was time for the Superstock and I was already feeling good with the track. My Superstock bike was working well from the off and I settled very quickly, rounding out that session in 4th place. I was feeling good. Qualifying on the stock bike went well as I was on provisional pole for the first of the two qualifying sessions. Saturday came I was back out on the Superbike. It was wet for the last free practice where I managed to finish up 13th and bag 15th overall in the practice times. The second qualifying for the stocks went okay but I was struggling with some front end and rear grip issues, which hindered us. I slipped down to P3 for Sunday’s race as a result. I had at this point been out and qualified 13th on the Superbike, which left me so happy and looking forward to the races.
Sunday’s first race got underway and I had the best race I’ve had in a long time. It was so much fun, six riders all battling for the top spot and it came down to a last lap. I made a move which luckily left me out front and I was able to take the win. Later in the day I managed to get my first point on the Superbike, which again made my day. Later that same day it was race two. Unfortunately I made a silly mistake mid-race before the red flag, which meant I had to start from the back of the grid. I got up to 13th before unfortunately losing the front with six laps to go.”
– Lee Jackson
Photo courtesy of Double Red, showing Lee Jackson (14) in action