European Finals Win !

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European Finals Meeting 6th – 9th September 2018 Santa Pod Raceway

On Tuesday evening we headed for Santa Pod so we could have an early start on Wednesday morning to set up our pits because we had a 3 car Nick Good Motorsport team at the event.
Wednesday we set up the pits and built the car up and took it for scrutineering, which it passed as usual, Nick and Cristiann always prepare Brad’s car to the highest standard.

 

First qualifying run Brad pulled a 0.07 reaction time and we were 7 hundredths of a second off our dial and this left us in 8th place which was a good solid start to the day.
Q2 Brad pulled a 0.04 reaction time but Brad struggled for grip and ran a slightly better time but others had improved and this left Brad in 14th place.
Q3 Brad pulled a 0.08 reaction time but once again struggled for grip, got too much wheel spin and we dropped to 18th place, which was the end of the first day’s qualifying.
Thursday morning we went out for Q4, Brad pulled a 0.06 reaction but once again no grip, we decided to change the set up on the car and looked forward to Q5 because we had now dropped to 21st.
Q5 Brad pulled a 0.07 reaction and this time the car worked fine and Brad’s improvement with 2 hundredths of a second over dial improved him to 17th, in fact the first 11 places now were inside 9 thousandths of a second !
Q6 Brad pulled a 0.05 reaction and a 1 hundredths of a second over dial got Brad up to 14th place from 29 drivers, a great recovery from the grip issues we had been having, Brad had been very consistent over the 2 days with his reaction times and we now had a car we felt confident with again and looked forward to eliminations.

Saturday brought round 1 of eliminations and we were racing Mathijs Kraetzer from the Netherlands in a very competitive altered, Mathijs had obviously seen how good Brad’s reaction times had been and got a little too eager trying to get a good reaction time and pulled a 0.04 red light foul and gifted the win to Brad

Sunday’s round 2 of eliminations Brad was paired against Billy Gane, Billy had been really on it all weekend and was only a couple of thousandths of his dial all weekend, Brad pulled an amazing 0.005 (5 thousandths ) of a second against Billy’s creditable 7 hundredths of a second dial this gave Brad the hole shot win.

Round 3 Brad was paired against John Pryzbyl, another ex Junior Dragster driver and championship rival to Brad, John’s 0.112 reaction was no match to Brad’s 0.018 reaction and once again Brad’s great reaction time gave him the advantage and Brad took the win and was now in the semi final.

In the semi final Brad faced the seasoned campaigner Tom Atkinson who was having a good weekend, Tom pulled a 0.118 reaction time and Brad who was on fire this weekend with his super consistent reaction times pulled a 0.028 and took the hole shot win.

In the final Brad faced Mark Bailey, Mark has just moved into the class stepping up from Pro ET and was having a great weekend, Mark got a little bit too hungry and red lit, so fouled giving the victory to Brad. Brad has now won the European Finals twice in the last 3 years, he is also having a great end to the season, at the last meeting he was runner up ( Summer National) and winning this meeting shows that he is at the very top of his form, with only 1 more round to go Brad is now leading the championship.

Brad’s girlfriend, Liz, was with Brad all weekend and helped I think this helped him not to get too nervous about everything going on around him, as usual Brad was super cool with everything, the most laidback guy in our family !
The points at the top are extremely close and the National Finals meeting in October will be a real nail biter with any one of the top six in with a real chance of winning the championship!

These results are not official and need to be ratified but I make the top ten to be;-

We are eagerly awaiting the National Finals!
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We cannot do this without you!

European Finals at Santa Pod 2018

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European Finals at Santa Pod

Queuing up for scrutineering for the European Finals at Santa Pod, 6th to 9th September

On Thursday and Friday , We have 2 full days of qualifying

Eliminations start on Saturday .

 

Wayne

Summer Nationals 2018

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Summer Nationals 2018

Santa Pod Raceway 30th June- 1st July

We arrived at Santa Pod with a high expectations of a brilliant weekend, the weather was absolutely fantastic and no rain whatsoever in the forecast.

This was just a weekend meeting so we had only 3 scheduled qualifying runs on Saturday and the straight into eliminations on Sunday.

Wayne looked at the data and his weather station and though the car should run 7.76 but the new track looked in great shape and with the heat from the glorious sunshine we dialled a 7.72, we have been having trouble getting the car dialled into the new track and the car was pulling left in both lanes, Brad left with a good start reaction time of 0.06 but the car ran arrow straight and a very quick 7.66 at 174mph ! so we broke out.

This left Brad in 20th place, not where we wanted to be, after much deliberation the crew decided the car should have a dial in of 7.62, all the calculations were correct and Brad ran 7.622, 2 thousandths of a second over dial in and put him in the number one spot with 1 session to go, taking this place away from team mate Nick Good, which Nick dropped to 2nd.

This looked promising especially when Brad’s arch rival Scott Hauser in an uncharacteristic 21st place, the advantage of being number 1 qualifier was a bye run in the first round of eliminations, Scott was the last car to go in the final qualifying session and dialled 7.56 and ran 7.5602, two 10 thousandths of a second over dialling and took the number 1 spot from Brad !

Sunday brought another glorious day and we had to use the umbrella for the sun which makes a great change from using it for the rain!

Round 1 of eliminations we faced the extremely talented Brian Pateman, Super Comp champion 3 times and 13 event wins to his credit, unfortunately Brian went a little too early and red lit by 1 hundredth of a second gifting the win to Brad, Brad had a 0.04 light and 4 hundredths off the dial proved that Brad was really on top of his game.

Round 2 we faced Rene Jaspert from Germany, a car and driver having their first visit to Santa Pod, Brad pulled a 0.04 light but Rene went slightly better with a 0.03 light but by the time they reached the quarter mile Brad had overcome Rene with a time of 7.63 on a 7.62 dial, unfortunately Rene had a technical issue at the stripe and the car turned hard right into the wall at around 150mph suffering heavy damage to the car but all the safety equipment worked and Rene didn’t have any problems apart from a heavily damaged car, Brad had already overtaken Rene and wasn’t aware of the drama behind him.

In round 3 Brad faced his old rival from Junior Dragster days, Joe Kellet, Brad pulled an 0.02 reaction time to Joe’s ) 0.07 and took the win, this was a really good round to win because Brad now had a bye run in the semi finals.

In the semi final Brad still had to do a full pass to try and get lane choice, Brad had a reaction time of 0.01 and ran 7.63 on a 7.61 dial and this gave him lane choice in the final, the other semi was between Scott Hauser and John Pryzbal, also both ex Junior Dragster drivers too, Scott won the semi, John red lit and gifted the win to Scott.

In the final Brad pulled a 0.001 reaction time and this gave him the advantage over Scott’s  0.07 reaction, Brad had the race in the bag when unfortunately he misjudged the race at the stripe , the car ran a personal best of 7.604 and  personal fastest MPH of 176 mph, Brad broke out and this gave the win to Scott, Scott was the perfect gentleman as always and pulled Brad onto the number 1 step on the podium to share the celebration.

We had a fantastic weekend, runner up spot gave Brad lots of points and this puts us back near the top of the leader board and gives Brad a great shot at the title, we eagerly await the European Finals at the beginning of September, we will now have a rest over the summer break.

The points have yet to be ratified but I make it;-

We would like to thank Nick and Cristiann for preparing Brad a great car, Dave Catton for his help as part of the crew for the weekend and a big thank you to all our sponsors for supporting Brad, we wouldn’t be racing without all of your help !!!!!!!

Santa Pod Main Event 2018

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Santa Pod Main Event 2018

25th May –  28th May

We head to Santa Pod in the morning to get set up for a great weekend in prospect at Santa Pod with an entry of the very best drivers in Europe, it is also our first run on the new £1 million pound track, the downside will be we cannot use our last 4 years of data so we are starting from scratch !

At least it will be the same for everyone and will make for an interesting, stressful and exciting weekend. Brad’s class has 45 drivers qualifying  to get into a 32 car field, at last year’s event 32nd place was 900 hundredths of a second , Brad was 25th on 500 hundredths of a second, 15th pace was 100 hundredths of a second !

The car is in great shape, Brad’s got a new look and we are excited at the prospect of good weather and some great competition

We will have a live facebook and twitter feed on the front page if you want to keep a check on Brad’s progress through the weekend.

We will send a newsletter after the event giving the a rundown of the 4 days of competition

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The 2018 Season Begins

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We set off today for Santa Pod for the first meeting of the year, it will be an interesting meeting due to the fact that Santa Pod have invested over £1 million pounds in a new state of the art totally concrete track.

We will see if any of our data for the last 4 years will be any use to us but if not then I’m sure it won’t take the team long to adapt to the new track, it will also mean that all the other competitors will be in the same position.

Friday is qualifying with Saturday qualifying and eliminations and Sunday eliminations and Finals.

We will have our facebook feed and twitter on the home page of Bradjacksonracing.com throughout the event if you want to see our progress through this new and exciting weekend.

National Finals Meeting Report 2017

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National Finals Meeting
Santa Pod Raceway
23rd – 24th September 2017

We headed to Santa Pod for the last meeting of the year, this meeting would settle who would be the UK National Super Pro Champion, the championship points

before the last meeting were :-

This means that Scott has a 150 point lead over Brad so effectively Brad will have to go 2 rounds further than Scott to win the championship, the qualifying points will also affect the points difference, if Brad can qualify 6 places in front of Scott then this would mean Brad would only have to go 1 round further than Scott to take the title.
If Brad and Scott have a bad meeting then with 960 points available the next 3 would also have a mathematical shot at the title.
Wayne checked the data for Qualifier No 1 and dialled a 7.72 on the car , Brad had a great start with a 0.09 reaction time and a run of 7.742, 2 hundredths of a second over dial in was good enough for 2nd place and Scott was 6th 600 hundredths of his dial.
Q2 Wayne dialled 7.72 and Brad pulled an 0.04 reaction and ran 7.724, four thousandths over dial was now only good enough for 4th place, 2nd, 3rd & 4th were all 4 thousandths off and the timing had to go to the 10 thousandths of a second to separate the 3 drivers, so Brad was 4th with 5 ten thousandths, the other 2 were 4 ten thousandths over dial! Scott slipped to 9th so things were getting tight!

In Q3 Wayne dialled 7.71, Brad pulled another great 0.05 light but at half track lost traction and had a moment and had to lift so qualifying was over, Brad remained in 4th but Scott had slipped to 10th, this was great for Brad and Brad only needed to go further than 1 round more than Scott to take the title!

When the qualifying results were finalised Brad would face Chris Parker in the first round of eliminations, Chris was down in an uncharacteristic 14th place, Chris is the other Nick Good Motorsport driver so both Brad and Chris know each other very well and of course we know each other’s car very well, this was probably the worst scenario for the team, Brad chasing the Title and Chris retiring after this meeting and wanting to end his career with a win! There are no team orders and Brad wouldn’t want any “help” if you are going to win then you have to beat everyone!

When the qualifying results were finalised Brad would face Chris Parker in the first round of eliminations, Chris was down in an uncharacteristic 14th place, Chris is the other Nick Good Motorsport driver so both Brad and Chris know each other very well and of course we know each other’s car very well, this was probably the worst scenario for the team, Brad chasing the Title and Chris retiring after this meeting and wanting to end his career with a win! There are no team orders and Brad wouldn’t want any “help” if you are going to win then you have to beat everyone!

Sunday morning was a glorious day and both drivers were eager to get this one over, when the times were revealed both drivers had dialled the same 7.73 so this would be a straight heads up race.

When the lights went down Brad pulled a 0.05 reaction to Chris’s 0.09 so Brad had the edge, unfortunately both cars broke out and Brad was first over the line but Brad had a bigger breakout by 23 thousandths of a second and that was our championship aspirations over!

Scott won his race and was now the champion for the 3rd time in the last 4 years, we are really pleased for Scott and Geof, they are really good people and put a huge amount of work into the sport so the victory is well deserved.

With the other 3 drivers behind Brad all still in the meeting Brad and Wayne were set for a tense afternoon to see if they could overhaul Brad’s points tally and take the runner up spot from Brad.

In round 2 of eliminations John Przybyl, Joe Kellett and Chris Parker all went through, this was getting tense! John couldn’t take the title but if he won the event could take the 2nd spot from Brad, If Joe won the event he would tie on the same points as Brad and would take the 2nd spot from Brad on count back, Chris was now out of the chase with a poor qualifying position.

In round 3 of eliminations, Chris Parker fouled against John Przybal and Scott beat Joe Kellett so now there was only John that could deny Brad his second place.

In the semi final John red lit against Scott so that was it! Brad was 2nd in the UK Super Pro National Championship, in the 4 years Brad has been in this class he has been 3rd, 2nd, 5th and 2nd, an amazing achievement in this most competitive of classes, and with a total of 53 drivers, many from various European countries this success is a fantastic testament to Brad’s driving and to Wayne’s technical assessments of the dial inn’s.

Brad was also in second place in the overall qualifying statistics for the whole year with an average qualifying position of 5.4, Scott’s was 3.2.

The main factor that Brad and Wayne have this success is down to the preparation of the car By Nick Good and Cristiann Carlo, they are truly fantastic members of Brad Jackson racing and deserve to share in Brad’s success, Dave Catton has also helped service the car and helped Wayne with accurate weather predictions, a skill he learnt as an airline pilot!

Brad and Wayne would like to thank all our sponsors; we couldn’t race without all of your support, and really appreciate your involvement supporting Brad in his racing career.

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National Finals Meeting

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National Finals Meeting
Santa Pod Raceway
23rd – 24th September 2017

This weekend is the climax of the 2017 UK National Drag Racing Championship; it is a very close battle in the Super Pro class with a possible 960 points available to the winner.

Twice Super Pro champion Scott Hauser leads the points with Brad just 150 points behind, Joe Kellett in third place a further 420 points behind Scott and in fourth place is John Przybal a further 170 points behind.

It will be a very exciting and tense weekend; the weather forecast at the moment is for a dry weekend so hopefully the championships will be decided on the track.

Brad could make up the points deficit in qualifying or needs to go 2 rounds further than Scott to take the title, Brad also could be overtaken by Joe or John.

Last year the first four all drew each other in the first two rounds and were defeated , this meant that Chris Parker went on to win the event from fifth place going into the event.

The Super Pro class is extremely competitive and races are won and lost by thousandths of a second, this is why Brad races in this top amateur class, this is where the very best racers from Europe race and it is the best class to measure your success.

There are three European entries in this weekend’s race; two from France and one from Germany, the remaining 20 are from the UK.

You can watch Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s eliminations on www.bradjacksonracing.com, the home page will have live facebook and twitter posts throughout both days.

Brad looks forward to the weekend and hopes it is a great one!

Open Sports Nationals 2017

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Open Sports Nationals
Shakespeare County Raceway
Stratford Upon Avon.

At last the long summer break was over and we headed for Shakespeare County Raceway, the weather forecast was outstanding for the 3 day event and in fact the weather was the best we have seen for years in the UK for Drag Racing with clear Blue skies and the temperature reached 91 degrees F on Monday.
Brad has been the Super Pro Champion for the last 2 years running in the APIRA championship and we were hoping to make it 3 in a row.
Brad is having a good year, 2nd in the UK National Championship, 2nd in the Santa Pod Racers Championship and 3rd in the APIRA Championship.
In the 1st round of qualifications Brad got a lot of wheel spin of the line and put him in a lowly 8th place , in the 2nd round  Brad ran a 7.784 on a 7.78 dial, this time of 4 thousands of a second over dial put Brad in 2nd place, this was a very good time and we would be unlikely to improve on 4 thousands of a second over dial in.

This turned out to be correct and over the next 5 qualifying sessions Brad couldn’t improve this time, 2 other drivers did though leaving Brad in 4th place when qualifying was finished. The  first 5 times are below showing how tight and competitive Drag Racing is.

1st John Atkinson  0.00188 ( 1 thousands of a second )
2nd Brian Pateman 0.00224 ( 2 thousands of a second)
3rd Rick Cooke 0.00326 ( 3 thousands of a second )
4th Brad Jackson 0.00499 ( 4 thousands of a second )
5th Scott Hauser 0.01154 ( 1 hundredth of a second )

Monday brought the hottest day with the weather station peaking at 91 degrees Fahrenheit, in round 1 Brad was drawn against Ian Brown, Ian has a new car which the crew have been working hard to get the car consistent since the back end of last season, however at this event they were really on form and had set a new personal best in qualifying.

When the lights went down Brad had an uncharacteristic poor light of 0.14239 ( 1.4 tenths of a second ) and Ian pulled a 0.06762 ( 6 hundredths ) and the race was already over, Brad never caught Ian with this deficit, although he almost caught Ian at the line just losing the race by 0.01993.
This was a serious blow to Brad’s championship hopes, the Shakespeare championship (APIRA) was now lost, however good fortune did help Brad, Scott Hauser red lit, Brian Pateman red lit and Chris Parker lost his race, this meant the first 4 in the UK championship had lost , so this was a good result from a bad position.

The standings following the Open Sports National are ;-

With 2 meetings left in the UK Championship the result of the European finals meeting at Santa Pod next week will be crucial, look out on bradjacksonracing.com for live updates on Twitter and Facebook with live updates on the home page from Thursday 7th September.

Summer Break is Over!

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The long summer break is over, we have 3 rounds left in the UK Championship; it’s a close championship this year with Scott Hauser leading the way on 1880 points, Brad is in 2nd place on 1850 points , John Pryzbyl on 1670 points, Brian Pateman on 1420 and Brad’s stable mate and last year’s champion Chris Parker on 1380.

There is a 100 points available for every round win so it will be an exciting end to this year’s championship and Wayne predicts a last round nail biter at the National Finals at Santa Pod at the end of September.

This weekend brings the Open Sports Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway at Stratford upon Avon, Brad has won the Super Pro Championship for the last 2 years running but is currently lying 3rd in this championship behind multiple champion Scott Hauser and last year’s champion Chris Parker, it will be an interesting meeting and will lay the foundations for the rest of the season.

Two weeks after the Open sports Nationals are the European Finals at Santa Pod and Brad will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s win, two weeks after that are the National Finals at Santa Pod so it will be a hectic next 6 weeks but as you are aware Drag Racing produces many twists and turns and unexpected curve balls, this is why we love the sport so much?

Bradjacksonracing.com will have a live Twitter feed on from Saturday for the 3 day meeting so you can check out his progress.

Well that’s it, short and sweet and I will send a newsletter after the event, have a great bank holiday weekend !

Brad Jackson Racing have teamed up with HRX and Brad will be wearing his new custom suit and custom boots at Shakespeare County Raceway, the suit is a super light triple layer suit as worn in F1 and Le Mans, and the boots are super soft leather custom boots, if you fancy a new suit or boots, pop along to the Super Pro pits and Brad will be happy to show you his new attire.

Brad will no longer wear his old suit so I have attached my favourite photo of Brad in the old suit, Black & White photo’s somehow are more evocative than Colour !

Santa Pod Raceway 26th – 29th May 2017

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Santa Pod Raceway 26th – 29th May 2017

FIA / FIM Main Event

We arrived on Thursday to set up for the weekend, we were full of anticipation for a great weekend and with Brad currently leading the UK championship the team were in a buoyant mood.
Friday morning was a beautiful sunny day and we went down for our first qualifying run,  Wayne dialled a 7.74 based on the previous meetings data at Shakespeare County Raceway, we ran a 7.79 seconds run and this was good enough for 4th place,  this got us very firmly into the 32 car field.

There were 40 cars from  many European countries and 8 teams were going to be disappointed and not make the field, the level of competition was extremely high.
On our second run Wayne dialled a 7.73 but we ran too quickly and broke out on a 7.69 run (fouled).
On our third run we found some inconsistency with the car and traced this to a fuel injection issue, Cristiann and Nick worked hard all event to cure the issue but to no avail. When we say an issue we are talking about a 1 tenth of a second issue but with the bump spot likely to be around 400th’s of a second a tenth of a second is an age in the Super Pro Class. Brad and the crew worked hard all weekend but by the time the end of qualifying came on Sunday we had run 8 times but never improved on our first run and ended up 25th in the 32 car field

In our first round of Eliminations we met Gordon Northway, Gordon is very competent and this was a tough race, Brad won the race by just 200’ths of a second, this was a great relief to the team because 16 cars were eliminated and we were now in the second round and had recovered the poor qualifying position.
In the second round we raced Mick Howling and Brad cut a great light (reaction time ) 0f 0.07 of a second to Mick’s 0.138 reaction and Brad had the upper hand, unfortunately Brad broke out ( fouled ) and our weekend was over.
We packed away and stayed the night in the RV before heading home on Monday morning. We woke to find there had been some rain overnight and the weather forecast was poor for the rest of the day, we do not wish to be bad sportsmen but the rain could save our weekend.
We drove home continually looking at the event on Eurodragster.com and the Super Pro class didn’t run again, this saved our troublesome weekend because the points accrued at the point of the meeting being abandoned stand.
So we came away from a bad weekend only dropping to second spot in the championship 120 points behind Scott Hauser, this could have been a much more damaging weekend and there is a rumour that Wayne’s rain dance help to contribute to the downpour !
We have sent the data from the car to the injection company in the USA and can hopefully resolve the issue before the Summer Nationals at Santa Pod on the 24th-25th June!

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