Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson clinched his fourth podium of the year at home track Cadwell Park. The Linclon lad was forced to work hard for the podium spot but eventually came out on top of a four rider scrap.
The talented teenager was without Superbike duties this weekend but the extra track time he had lost as a result didn’t effect him one bit. He was quickly on the pace jumping up to a provisional front row spot after the first qualifying session. He intended on furthering that time in the second session but a big crash half way through the session curtailed that. The Lincoln lad ran on at the first turn and heavily damaged the bike but luckily not himself. He waked away with a sore knee and right hand.
In the race the leading duo pulled away leaving Jackson to scrap it out for the final podium spot. He was shuffled backwards to fifth at one point but fought his way through to the front of the group before the red flag was brought out due to an incident out on track.
Jackson’s fourth podium of the year now sits him a comfortable third in the title standings, just twenty points off of second place with four rounds remaining.
“The weekend started off well, rounding out the first free practice session in fourth place with plenty of room for improvement set up wise. We made a big change for the first qualifying and I was looking forward to getting out on the track. I got into a good rhythm, managing to qualify third and with only one session on Sunday I was confident of going faster. We made more changes for qualifying two but unfortunately I crashed after five laps, which meant I couldn’t go faster. Luckily, I remained third and on the front row for Monday’s race.
“I was looking for a good start but this wasn’t to be. I rounded the first lap out in 5th place, which meant I had some work to do. I settled into a rhythm, got up to 3rd place and started to settle down, pulling away from the pack behind me. With five laps to go the red flag came out, which meant the race ended and I finished third. Another good result we can take forward to the next four rounds, all at tracks I love. I would like to thank my team, all my sponsors and especially my mechanics, for rebuilding my bike Sunday night.”
– Lee Jackson
Photo courtesy of Jon Jessopp Photography, showing Lee Jackson (14) leading the battle for third place.