Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson showcased his talents to the world by picking up another podium finish in the ninth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship. The race supported the MotoGP World Championship round at Silverstone.
Jackson cemented a front row grid start, after going one and a half seconds under his previous best around the Silverstone GP circuit. He was looking for a second podium finish on the bounce, adding to his fourth previous trips to the podium.
The Lincoln lad made a poor start from the front row, as the front end of the bike jumped to the air off the line. He quickly slipped backwards to eighth on the first lap as a result but settled into a rhythm almost immediately. The talented teenager began to muscle his way through the scrap ahead. He hit the front of the group and in to third place at half race distance, but his race wasn’t finished there.
The Buildbase BMW rider closed in on the leading duo ahead before the safety car was deployed, allowing him to sit on the tail of the front two. With two laps remaining, the green flag was waved and Jackson began dicing for second place. Despite his best efforts he was edged out by just a tenth of a second.
Jackson reasserted his third place in the championship standings as his consistency begins to pay off. The apprentice plumber has not finished outside of the top six all year, meaning he sits 32 points clear of fourth place and twenty two behind second place with three rounds remaining.
“Only having the one session before qualifying meant it was all about getting in as many laps as possible Friday evening. It wasn’t so bad, rounding out in fourth place. I knew I had more pace left in me as the bike wasn’t handling that great. Saturday morning saw the first of our two qualifying sessions and having made the changes I was excited to go out. The session got underway and I felt comfortable straight away. I managed to post the third fastest lap but more importantly for me, I went 1.4 seconds quicker than last year. I was hoping to find a bit more time but unfortunately I only found a tenth of a second. I was on my own for all of the second session, but I was happy I’d found a good race pace.
“I felt I could go with the leaders and have a good battle for the podium in the race. It got underway and my start was shocking. The bike wheelied as I slipped the clutch, which put me back to eighth on lap one. It gave me some work to do over the twelve lap race. After the first five laps I was up to third and pulling away from the group behind. After settling down for a few laps, I then got my head down and tried to catch the leaders. This was helped by the safety car, which came out with four laps to go. With two laps left the safety car went in and I was battling with Jason O’Halloran for second place. I just missed out by a tenth of a second but I’m really happy to get another podium for my team. I can’t thank the team, mechanics and sponsors enough for everything you all do for me along with all my family, friends and supporters.”
– Lee Jackson
Photo courtesy of Jon Jessopp Photography, showing Lee Jackson (14) in action