Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson stormed to a career best second place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Knockhill this weekend. The Lincoln teenager qualified on the front row and came through from fourth place with three laps to go to take the podium finish.
After a good start he was pushed backwards to fifth place. Riders crashing out ahead of him momentarily promoted the BMW rider to third before Australian Jason O’Halloran came through. The duo chased down Adelaide rider David Johnson ahead setting up a battle for the final podium finishes in the closing stages.
Jackson lunged under the pair at the final Hairpin, running wide and allowing Johnson to sneak back underneath him. However, on the last lap the Lincoln lad dived under the inside at the Scotsman and held on to claim second place.
“This weekend has been good. I was at the top in free practice, qualifying one and the wet qualifying two so I knew I had the pace for a podium. I just wanted to get the first five laps under my belt, settle in to a rhyme and then build from there. I had a few battles on the opening lap with Michael Robertson and Adam Jenkinson, which scuppered my plan. Unfortunately for them they went down, which left me chasing Dave Johnson. Jason [O’Halloran] and I were having a good race and luckily as Jason passed me, he dragged us both up to Dave.
“I passed them both on the second to last lap but ran wide. At the next opportunity I dived under Dave and then kept it pinned to the line. Without doubt it’s my best result yet in the Superstock 1000 championship because I had to earn it. I need to kickstart my season from here now. Thanks to everyone at Buildbase BMW for the package they give me.”
– Lee Jackson
Photo courtesy of Jon Jessopp Photography