Round Four. Norfolk. Points and Podiums.
Blimey. That was a bit of a good weekend for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team. It’s been coming, but it’s still nice when it arrives!
It all started a few weeks earlier when Danny and Lee had strong runs at the official Snetterton test day.
Danny had also tested at Knockhill the week before, so everyone was ready to hit the ground running. That is, except for poor Matt who has been locked in an exam room for the past two or three weeks.
The relatively new ‘300’ layout is great for riders and spectators alike. Super-fast straights and a challenging infield section.
A decent weather forecast and the prospect of a big Fathers’ Day crowd on race day provided the makings for a great event.
Lee Jackson. Pirelli National Superstock 1000. Kawasaki ZX10-RR.
Lee’s been working really hard, getting more and more comfortable on his ZX10-RR and at the test day he recorded third fastest time.
His two free practice sessions passed off without incident – P9 in both – but still trying things. Lee knew he needed to qualify well so he could get away with the leaders – he’s much more of a racer than a qualifier. He ended up being just bumped off of the second row – P7 but on the outside. His lap time, a 50.5, was 0.7 faster than he achieved at the test. He confirmed the progress he’s making by completing the morning warm up in P5, but only 0.4 shy of the fastest time.
Only one race for the Superstock 1000 boys this weekend, so there was only one chance to shine. Lee had a great start and at turn four front-runner Rouse crashed out which broke up the pack and left a leading leading group of five. Lee was in there and they were all running at qualifying pace, in fact, by the end they had gapped the field by 15 seconds. That pace had its consequences and by lap six separate crashes had accounted for Reid and Olsen. Lee, along with our mate Billy McConnell and Collier on the super-fast Aprilia, really got stuck in, running feet apart. Lee lost a bit of pace at the very end as his brakes started to protest and he made sure he came back safely – P3, on his way to the podium (and our first as a team).
Great to see a big smile on Lee’s face. He can really look forward to the rest of the season now he’s fully up to speed.
Well done Lee.