Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson took sixth place in Monday’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. The Lincoln teenager battled hard for a podium place in the first race of the year but a near-crash on the last lap scuppered any chances of a top three finish.
Jackson qualified in fourth place on the grid after setting a strong lap time in the first session held on Saturday in dry conditions. The second qualifying session was held the following day but torrential rain saw no improvements and a second row grid start was confirmed.
Brands Hatch was soaked in sun come Monday morning, filling Jackson with confidence. He got a good start rolling around the outside of two riders at the first corner of Paddock Hill Bend and settling in to second place. However, the red flag was brought out after three laps and the race was restarted. The BMW HP4 rider couldn’t replicate his earlier start and dropped back to seventh place at the end of lap one.
He hooked in behind the leading pack, making his way through to sixth place but despite coming close throughout the 18 lap race, Jackson couldn’t cement a place in the top five after an incident on the last lap. At the hairpin of Druids, the front end of his Buildbase BMW tucked underneath him and he was forced to pick the bike up with his knee, elbow and shoulder. A miraculous recovery from what seemed inevitable doom, making the ten points of sixth place that little bit sweeter.
“It’s been a good weekend. First qualifying went really well, ending up in fourth place. The bike setup was good for qualifying but for the race we a little more support in the front forks, which would have helped me push on. After all the pre season testing I would say I’m happy with this result to a certain extent but I’m definitely looking to bounce back at Oulton Park.
“The race got off to a good start, managing to get into 2nd place and holding that gap for the first three laps before it was disappointingly red flagged. In the restart I didn’t get a good start and my focus was not great off line, but I managed to settle into sixth place and a four man battle. I stayed for the full race in this place as I couldn’t quite push the front-end of the bike as much as I wanted. On the last lap I also had a very big slide into Druids which made me lose the front. Luckily, I saved it on my leg and arm so I was able to finish the race in sixth place. Just like to thank all my team and all my sponsors for this weekend”
– Lee Jackson
Photo of Lee Jackson in action.
Courtesy of Jon Jessopp Photography