Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson missed out on a third consecutive podium by just 0.2 of a second at Donington Park over the weekend. However, the Lincoln lad confirmed his place on the overall championship podium. Jackson sits third in the title chase, 54 points clear of fourth with just 50 available.
Jackson started the weekend well, setting the second quickest time in free practice. However, he was still confident more pace could come from him after altering the setup of his BMW HP4. These changes were made and Jackson cut half a second off of his practice time. It wasn’t enough to provisionally hold a front row spot, which meant he had to push on in the second session later that afternoon.
Jackson once again cut time off his best lap time, two tenths in order to secure fourth, but once again it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on the front row. The Lincolnshire rider was just two thousandths of a second shy of another front row qualifying performance.
Sunday saw the tenth race of the National Superstock 1000 championship get underway and Jackson was quickly shuffled backwards to sixth place on the first lap. He quickly got in to his rhythm and began fighting his way through the field. On his way to third place, Jackson was forced to bridge over two seconds but he caught the leaders in the space of four laps after setting a new lap record.
The apprentice plumber made his move to third place at the Foggy Esses, before trying to latch on to the leading duo. It was apparent Jackson was pushing hard, however, running wide at Goddards and consequently dropping backwards to fourth place. The battle commenced for the final podium spot with Jackson missing out as the red flag came out with two laps left.
With two rounds remaining in the championship, Jackson was able to confirm his top three finish in the championship. He now sits 54 points clear of fourth place, with just 50 points left.
“The weekend overall was good. We felt good in practice, with the bike still not set up to the best it could be. We made some changes for the first qualifying and then I felt I could push on for a good qualifying. Once the session got underway I soon got into a rhythm and got down to the best time I had ever done at Donington. Again, I still felt with some more changes I could go faster so for the second qualifying, with the weather not looking as good but luckily still dry, I felt I could go faster. Having gone out on the new tyre I kept making small mistakes and not getting any clear track time, which was making it hard for me to get the ultimate lap in. Unfortunately, I only went slightly quicker, which left me 4th on the grid.
“Sunday’s race soon came around and I was ready to push on in the race and have a good battle. The race got underway and my start wasn’t the best as I was 6th on lap one. Having made my way through, I set the fastest lap of the race, a new lap record, and got up to 3rd place before making a small mistake, which put me back to 4th place. With two laps to go the red flag came out, just as I was about to make a move for 3rd place. I’d just like to thank my team, sponsors and all my supporters for the continued support. Onwards and upwards to Silverstone.”
– Lee Jackson
Photo courtesy of Double Red, showing Lee Jackson (14) and Joe Burns (53) battling for third place