National Finals Meeting
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
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.
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 !
Due to work commitments Brad was extremely busy at work so once home from work we headed for Santa Pod and arrived at the track at 1130pm, our fantastic crew and team mates had already prepared the pit area and also built Brad’s car for us, great teamwork thank you !
We rose at 6.15 to prepare the car for scrutineering at 7am and Brad went and signed on, the car passed tech and we went back to our pit to prepare the car for qualifying, we hadn’t had time to test the car prior to the event so we planned a “half pass ” to ensure that everything checked out ok.
Q1 the car launched well but a cold track with poor grip resulted in Brad being 7 tenths of a second off our dial in, other drivers had the same issues and we still ended up in 7th position from 18 cars.
Everything was fine on the car, we just had a little bit of oil going into the catch can, this is normal following and engine rebuild until the piston rings bed in.
Q2 saw 21 cars make the field and by the time Brad made his run we had slipped to 13th place, a good solid second run at 1 tenth of a second of dial in saw Brad back in 7th place from the 21 cars that qualified, that was is for today so 2 more runs and the first round of eliminations tomorrow.
Q3 didn’t see any improvement so our Q2 time still stood and we now dropped to 11th place, this was not an ideal place meaning if nothing changed we would be facing the No1 qualifier in the first round.
Q4 brought another car into the field, Brad’s Nick good Motorsport team mate Chris Parker went to No1 with a time 3 thousandths of a second off his dial in, we had tried a little bit too hard, we dialled a time of 7.83 and ran 7.824 breaking out by 6 thousands of a second leaving Brad in 12th place and facing our team mate Chris Parker in round 1.
This is always a difficult situation for the team, we always prepare the cars identically and we also share a huge amount of data between the 2 cars, it was going to be an interesting 1st round, Chris has the No 1 on his car as the reigning Super Pro champion, Brad would need to be at the very top of his game.
As you would expect from these 2 high calibre contenders it was a very close race with Brad taking the win by 2 hundredths of a second.
Because Brad had beaten the No1 qualifier Brad had a bye run in round 2 so we were pleased to have an easy but well earned bye run.
Round 3 of eliminations Brad was drawn against an extremely competitive Gordon Northway who had been running bang on his times all weekend, once again Brad needed a flawless performance if he was to take the win, Brad cut an 0.0414 light to Gordon’s 0.0793 so it was going to be close, Brad ran a 7.862 0n a 7.85 dial in to Gordon’s 8.521 on a 8.51 dial in, giving Brad the victory by 3 hundredths of a second.
In the semi final Brad again ran very close to his dial in and beat Alan Didwell to see Brad in the final of the first meeting of the year, facing a strong contender from the Netherlands , John Gerritsen in a brand new 55 Chevy running in the 6 second bracket.
In the final Brad cut a great 0.071 light to John’s .165 so Brad had the lead, but with a car almost 2 seconds quicker than Brad’s it would be all on the dial in’s !
Both car’s broke out but Brad’s was the larger breakout at just over 2 hundredths of a second to John’s 2 thousandths of a second, giving the victory to the Dutchman, his journey back to Holland would be a far happier long drive !
Well done to John and a fantastic job of driving a car that was out of shape, he pulled his parachutes to keep the car straight and kept his foot on the gas to pip Brad at the stripe, great piece of driving and a well deserved victory.
We had a great first meeting and bagged a valuable haul of championship points finishing the weekend as the runner up, we do it all again in 2 weeks time at Shakespeare County Raceway where Brad is the current APIRA Super Pro Champion and is looking forward to defend his title, it is also Brad’s 21st Birthday that weekend so let’s hope it will be a very Happy Birthday !
New Lucas Oil Driver
It was great to see the new Lucas Oil backed driver Aaron Fensome take the runner up spot in the Lucas Oil Junior Dragster Championship, Aaron felt great in the car in his new bespoke HRX suit from www.racewearonline.com
I would like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors, Lucas Oil both in the UK and the USA, Pentagon Corporate Fleet, D & S signs, Martin Williams Hull, HRX ,Racewearonline, our associates Pete Walters race design last but not least Six B Apparel in the USA.
We would like to thank all our sponsors and crew because without everyone’s support we couldn’t achieve this level of competition and success, thank you to everyone for being involved in this team
Some of the Images used with the kind permission of the original photographer tog@Eurodragster.com unless stated, Thank you.
This weekend is the season opening for 2017 !
This weekend is the season opening meeting, the Festival of Power at Santa Pod Raceway.
In January 2016 Brad’s car was on the Lucas Oil stand at the Autosport International Racing Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham, when the show was finished the team stripped the car and the engine and gearbox were sent away for a refresh, the chassis was checked and the old wrap was removed and a new wrap for 2016 was applied.
All this work meant that we were cutting it fine to make the FOP 2016, so lesson learnt , as soon as we finished the season in 2016 the car was stripped and refreshed and the 2017 wrap applied, all this work was completed before the 2017 Autosport show !
This year it has seemed very strange not to have any work to do since January apart from a general check over by Nick and Cristiann last weekend.
We are looking forward to seeing the car on the track so we can get some action photo’s of the car, we think this years design is the best yet ! We also think the 2017 team wear is pretty cool too !
We will be posting the action live from the track on both our facebook and twitter feeds that will be on the home page at bradjacksonracing.com
Look out for a full race report next week !
It is a sad day for Lucas Oil USA fans as Lucas announce pulling out of Top Fuel racing in the USA, Morgan Lucas is to commit to the business and this doesn’t leave time to fully commit to the Top Fuel team, with a staggering $3,500,000 USD needed per car to compete a full season the decision has been made to quit. Here is a link to a cool video featuring Morgan on One day in Pomona
Santa Pod Raceway
23rd – 25th September 2016
A little disappointed, but a fantastic winning year !
We arrived at Santa Pod on Friday and set up the pit and awning, we scrutineerd the car and then had a relaxing time before the event started with 3 qualifying runs on Saturday.
The UK Championship was very close with any one of the first 5 competitors in with a chance of taking the UK National Championship crown; Brad was lying in 2nd place and we were hopeful of a great event.
The first round I dialled a 7.76 and Brad ran a 7.80, 4 hundredths of a second off the dial in, this time placed Brad in 5th position so was a great start to the day.
The second round I dialled a 7.79 and Brad ran a 7.82, 3 hundredths of a second off the dial in, although this was a slight improvement due to the others improving this dropped us to 7th.
The third and final qualifier was crucial especially for the qualifying points, I dialled a 7.81 to try and get us nearer the top.
Brad came round and did a burnout, I felt the sun had been on the track and my instinct told me we were going to run quicker so just before I took Brad to the line I changed our dial in to 7.79, Brad ran 7.795 a great result, 5 thousandths of a second over the dial in put us in 3rd place. The car and Brad were performing well so we looked forward to the eliminations on Sunday morning.
Sunday morning brought a little rain shower so the start was delayed by about an hour. The first round of eliminations made interesting reading, Billy Gane (No 1 in the championship ) against Scott Hauser (No 3 in the championship) and Brad ( No 2 in the championship ) against Ian Powell ( no 4 in the championship) if you were a betting man then you would have got some very long odds against that happening ! Chris Parker (No 5 in the championship) had a bye run due to being No1 qualifier.
Scott beat Billy and Ian beat Brad, this now meant that Scott only had to go 2 rounds of eliminations to be champion for the 3rd time.
Ian Powell dialled 8.13 and ran 8.131, with a reaction time of 0.04 was a clear winner, it is a little strange when we talk in these numbers that Brad’s package was 0.0241, 2 hundredths of a second off our prediction and Ian’s package was 0.0017, 17 thousandths of a second of his prediction that we say Ian had an easy win by 0.1465 of a second.
Scott, Ian and Chris all went through the next round so one more round and Scott would be champion, in the next round Scott unfortunately broke out by 5 thousandths of a second so now the first 3 coming into the event had all been eliminated !
Well Done Nick Good Motorsport!
Ian and Chris both went all the way and met in the final, the maths were simple, win the meeting, win the UK Championship, who would it be?
The winner was Chris Parker! Ian unfortunately red lit and cost himself a chance of the being the champion!
Congratulations to Chris on taking the championship, Chris drives another of our teams dragsters so well done Nick good Motorsport!
Although we feel a little disappointed today we gave it a really good shot and Brad has had a fantastic year winning the Open Sports Nationals and retaining his APIRA Super Pro Championship title for the second year in a row.
He also won the FIA European Finals meeting at Santa Pod, this is the highlight of the year for Brad, he had been runner up in this event in his junior dragster in 2010 when he was just 14 and red lit, so he has always wanted to win this event and lay that ghost to rest !
FIA / FIM European Championships Finals
Santa Pod Raceway
8th – 11th September 2016
“Brad wins again”
We arrived at Santa Pod late on Wednesday night due to Brad’s work commitments so it was an early start on Thursday morning with Qualifying 1 due at 0930. Brad and Wayne were up at 6.30 to get signed on and the car scrutineered and back in the pits to get the car ready for Q1.
There were 39 cars entered for a 32 car field and this event attracts the best racers from many European countries so we were aware of how close qualifying would be. We started with a solid tenth of a second of dial in and this got us into the field at no 12, the next round we didn’t improve and had slipped to 20th and were conscious this was going to be a tough day.
The 3rd session Wayne dialed a 7.78 and we ran a 7.7867, 6 thousands of a second off the dial in put us in the field at number 7, over the next 4 sessions through Thursday and Friday we came close to improving, 7 thousands over and 3 thousands under the dial in but 6 thousands found us in 8th place, we were very happy with this position.
Incredibly a new record was set for the class with the first 13 places under 1 hundredth of a second, the previous best had been 8 !!
Saturday brought heavy rain and even though the track crew tried to dry the track after the rain had ceased by the afternoon, they couldn’t dry the shut down area so the track crew call the meeting for the day.
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day (all day) we went straight into eliminations, this was going to be a little tricky with not running the car for 2 days, but all the other teams were in the same situation. Our first round opponent was Mo Blackburn, a very experienced Super Pro racer, Wayne dialled a 7.75 and the car ran 7.77, Brad’s 0.02 of a second reaction time was a big factor in Brad taking the win.
In round 2 Brad was drawn against Bernard Saz , Bernard’s team are from Andorra and put a huge effort into coming from the mountains between Spain and France to race at Santa Pod. Bernard has finally got his car running low 7 seconds and consistent, Brad cut another 0.02 light to Bernard’s 0.29 light so Brad took the win.
The next round Brad was facing Scott Hauser, Scott is currently the most successful driver in Super Pro with 2 championships in the last 3 years and multiple event wins, Scott’s father Geof Hauser is also one of the UK’s drag racing pioneers and has been in the sport since its inception in the 1960’s. Hauser race cars also build some of the very best cars in Europe.
The last time Brad and Scott met Brad red lit gifting the race to Scott, Brad was determined not to go red again! Brad pulled a 0.009 light to Scott’s 0.1014 light so the chasing Scott never caught Brad and also broke out in his effort to catch Brad, Brad loved this win and found it very satisfying after the pressure he had been under before this match up.
So we were in the semi-finals! Brad’s next race was with Pete Walters, another ex Junior Dragster Driver, and both Pete and Brad had been waiting for this match for a while! Brad once again took the advantage with a 0.0861 reaction to Pete’s 0.1363 but Pete’s car threw a con rod just before the stripe and Brad was in the Final!
The final was against Tom Atkinson, another very good and very clever racer, Brad and Wayne discussed at length what tactic to use with the dial in and a plan was in place, Brad cut another fantastic light, 0.044 to Tom’s 0.178 so Brad just had to make sure he didn’t breakout, Brad didn’t and now had won the event!
The win was sweet; Brad had won the most prestigious event we race at! Brad had also won the previous meeting, The Open Sports National, so two wins in a row has put Brad in a position where he can win the UK National championship at Santa Pod in 2 weeks time, the anticipation is already beginning to build with 5 drivers mathematically in with a chance of winning the championship, we are waiting for the results to be ratified but the Euro’s win has elevated Brad into second place in the championship so it’s going to be a really exciting weekend at the National Finals.
Brad also had a surprise on Friday when Liz, Brads girlfriend, had arranged for her and 4 of Brads friends to come to Santa Pod for their first look at Drag Racing, needless to say they had a fantastic weekend and really felt involved in the event and felt the excitement that our “winner and loser” every round sport delivers !
Open Sports Nationals 27th – 29th August 2016
Shakespeare County Raceway
Stratford upon Avon
After the long summer break Alison and I set off for Stratford in the RV and Brad was coming down later due to College commitments in Milton Keynes, Brad loves driving his pride & joy , his classic MX5, so was quite happy to join us later.
Last year Brad had won the APIRA championship but we were a lowly 6th in the championship and needed some of the contenders above us to exit early and Brad to win the meeting to have any chance of retaining his title.
The crew had worked on the car during the break and had changed the torque convertor in an effort to increase the cars consistency so we were eagerly waiting to see how the car would perform. We had also fitted a cross brace in the chassis to improve the car’s stability so the teams expectations’ were high.
Our first qualifying session went well and Brad was in 7th position, unfortunately it then rained and we didn’t get any further runs in on the day. We had the company of Lucas Oil UK’s MD Les Downey and his wife Mo with us for the weekend and Les kept us laughing (as always) with his wit and anecdotes
After studying the data we changed the launch chip and looked forward to Sunday, Sunday was a great day with really good weather, we had 5 qualifying runs, and Brad reported that the car was running “strong & straight”, we had a great day and Brad finished the day in 11th place.
Monday was again a great day with the weather being hot and sunny,
In the 1st round we were drawn against Jack Brewster, an ex Super Pro champion, Jack red lit and gifted us an easy win on what would have been a tough race, Jack was also one of the competitors in front of Brad and also Ian Powell went out in round 1, another competitor in front of Brad in the championship, so this helped Brad’s cause.
I would like say a huge thank you to Nick Good and Cristiann Carlo for their dedication in preparing a great car !!
Round 2 we were drawn against Pete Walters but unfortunately Pete had holed a piston so was a no show, we had an easy round, but hey, you have to take them especially after the bad luck the team has had this year!
The championship now looked a real possibility with Chris Parker leading and Rick Cook in front of Brad on points, Brad drew Rick Cook in the semi finals, Chris Parker was racing Bob Doyle.
In the semi’s Brad beat Rick Cook and Chris Parker red lit leaving the final between Brad and Bob Doyle, a quick calculation showed if Brad won the meeting he would also be the APIRA champion for the second time, if Bob won then Chris Parker would take the championship and Brad would be runner up!
Brad and I had a discussion and we decided on our dial in together. Brad cut a great 0.04 light to Bob’s 0.13 so Brad had the edge and drove a great race to take the win!
The calculations show that Brad winning the event had taken the championship by just 80 point’s, less than a round win!
So Brad Jackson Racing love “Shakey” with 2014 runner up spot in the championship and 2015 & 2016 winning the championship, this is now a track the team really have a handle on !
We had a great weekend with Les and Mo, and it was great to see them both enjoy a race meeting in a quieter venue where Les was able to relax and just be part of the team for the weekend.
We would like to thank Nick Good and Cristiann Carlo for their dedication in preparing a great car for Brad, and of course a big thank you to all our sponsors, we couldn’t do it without your support!
This picture shows the champion leaving the track in his pride and joy heading for College Milton Keynes for the rest of the week!
We are now looking forward to the European Finals at Santa Pod in 2 weeks time!
The new Pete Walters designed Hero Card for 2016 is available to view here