Brad’s Roller Coaster Ride !!

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UK Drag Racing National Finals Santa Pod 19th - 20th September 2015

We arrived at Santa Pod with high hopes for the weekend, the weather forecast was really good for the last meeting of the season with sunshine and no rain forecast for the whole event.

The championship was very close with Simon Gough on 3010 points, Brad on 2990, Scott Hauser 2720, Ian Powell 2690 and Rick Cook on 2330, all of these drivers in reach of winning this close battle for the title, and with 1010 points available it was going to be exciting !

First qualifying run we dialled 7.72 and ran a breakout 7.708 and started the day in 17th place. Brad’s second run was an identical 7.708 and this moved Brad up to 11th.

The weather changed for the third and final run so I dialled a 7.68 and the car ran another 7.70 but with a 4 this time, the first three contenders were very close in qualifying with them all qualifying within 70 points of each other, this still made it a whoever went the most rounds would win the title, and I guess the car was telling me what to dial in eliminations 1 on Sunday.

Sunday morning we found that our E1 competitor, Steve Kellett had an engine issue so they pulled out of the race to prevent any damage. This is not the way we wanted to progress but it made our first round more comfortable.

We were called to the start line, Brad started the car and there wasn’t any oil pressure !

We shut the car off and made the decision to tow the car to the start and then just start the car on tick over and break the beams for the run, this is what we did and towed the car back to the pits, but with only 1.5 hours before eliminations 2 the pressure was on to find and fix the issue. Nick Good and Cristiann Carlo stripped the engine to find that the plunger had stuck in the oil pump. This was a real shock to the team because Nick and Cristiann always prepared our car to the highest standards. The guys put the car back together and we just started the car and had oil pressure when we were called for eliminations 2, an absolutely fantastic job by the team!

We were very nervous what to dial because we hadn’t any data for Sunday but the weather was very similar to Saturday so Brad wanted a 7.70 but with low air density I wanted 7.68, Brad won the discussion and we dialled 7.70 but we ran a 7.78 and lost the race to Dan Giles by 0.009, this was the closest race of the day and 9 thousands of a second equated to 27.59 inches at 175 mph !

So we were out, we knew that if we had gone only one more round Brad could have either won or finished runner up, we waited for the class to finish and both Ian Powell and Scott Hauser were also eliminated, this made for a nervous wait to see what Rick Cook and Simon Gough would do.

 Eliminations 3 saw Dan Giles knock out Simon Gough so we had to wait and see what Rick Cook would do! This was a repeat of last year when Rick just passed Brad in this meeting in 2014 to demote Brad to third, Rick carried and went all the way to the final, the maths were simple, if Rick won were demoted to third (again !), Dan Giles had a different idea and beat Rick to secure his first Super Pro victory so a big congratulations to Dan on his first win !

This meant Brad was second in the National UK championship, this was a great result for the team, 2014 was Brad’s first year in Super Pro and he finished 3rd, 2015 brought the runner up spot ! this is a great achievement in the toughest sportsman class in Europe.

The whole team a have made this possible but the effort that Nick and Cristiann put into the engine work made this dream a reality!

I would like to thank Nick Good and Cristiann Carlo for their mechanical knowledge, Natalie Cooper our back up girl, and Dave Catton for the occasional verbal input he enthuses and the loan of the tow car! Of course I must mention what a great job by Brad with many 0.0- reaction times and great skill as a young driver,I must also give myself a pat on the back for my (mostly ) dial in times, a job I have found fairly stressful in our ever changing climate !

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, Torq/HRX Race wear, our associates Pete Walters race design last but not least Six B Apparel in the USA.

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2015 has been a Fantastic Year

Winning the APIRA Championship

Finishing 2nd in the UK National championship

what a roller coaster ride !!

Bring on 2016 !

UK National Drag Racing Championship Outcomes !

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Brad Jackson

This weekend see the final round of the UK Championship, and what a weekend it is going to be for the Brad Jackson Racing team !

The Super Pro ET Championship is currently led by Simon Gough but with a margin of only 20 points over Brad Jackson, 270 points further back is the 2014 Super Pro Champion Scott Hauser, and Ian Powell only a further 30 points behind him.

With a 27 car field there are 1010 points available, If Simon and Brad qualify well and go deep into eliminations, whoever goes further can take the title. If Simon or Brad go out in the first two rounds of eliminations then this will open the door for Scott or Ian.

 

The team have had a great year and hope to consolidate on Brad’s third position in the championship last year in his debut year in the senior ranks.

The team would like to thank everyone involved in this campaign and a special thank you to all our sponsors.

You can watch the action on the webcam and this can be found on ;-   http://www.eurodragster.com/live/webcam/default.asp

 

You can be sure that the team will endeavour to win the championship !

Kindest Regards

Wayne Jackson

Brad is 2015 APRIA Super Pro Champion

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APIRA Super Pro Champion 2015

We arrived at Shakespeare County Raceway near Stratford upon Avon for the holiday weekends final round of the Avon Park International Racers Association’s Open Sports National Finals .

Saturday was a great sunny day, The first run in Q1 found Brad in the number 3 spot, Q2 Brad slipped to 5th place, a rethink was needed to try and improve the position so the team took a gamble with the dial in but we got it wrong and Brad slipped to 9th following a breakout. The team made some adjustments and in Q4 we improved slightly to seventh.

That was the end of Qualifying for Saturday so we were pleased with our improvement and looked forward to qualifying on Sunday.
Unfortunately we woke up to very light rain with just a few rain spots falling on the track but this was enough to stop us racing, this persisted until the early afternoon and the days session had to be curtailed and we would go straight into eliminations on Monday.

Monday we were woken  by heavy rain and with the forecast showing no improvement until mid afternoon the meeting unfortunately was abandoned.

This meant that Brads position as the Championship leader could not be beaten so Brad is the APIRA Super Pro Champion for 2015 !

We’ll done to Brad and everyone involved with the team and a massive thank you to all our sponsors and supporters !

HRX suited drivers at the front in BTCC

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Great to see HRX suited drivers at the front of the grid in today’s BTCC at Snetterton, congratulations to Colin Turkington taking the win in race one. Brad is proud to wear his HRX suit and is very pleased to be supported by this great new company!

UK National Championship 27th-28th June

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The next meeting in the UK national championship is at Santa Pod Raceway near Northampton on the 27th-28th June.

The team are looking forward to this event and with a strong 28 car field it will be as competitive as ever.

Brad is in the number 1 spot at present and the team will endeavour to maintain this position.

There will be regular twitter live updates of Brad’s progress On these pages

FIA Main Event Santa Pod May 2015

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Brad Jackson Racing headed for the 4 day FIA Main Event at Santa Pod this weekend and with a large number of European racers entered and a rain free weather forecast

Brad Jackson racing headed for the 4 day FIA Main Event at Santa Pod this weekend and with a large number of European racers entered and a rain free weather forecast this was promising to be a great event. Brad was the leading the UK National Super Pro Championship so Crew Chief Wayne Jackson was feeling the pressure!

The 35 competitors had to be on their game to make the 32 car fields and with 10 qualifying rounds it was going to be tight. One round was bumped so after 9 rounds Brad ended up in 19th place on a 0.0226, in fact 25th place was a 2 hundredths time, 0.0291 with ex Junior Champion Joe Kellett , a measure of the competitive nature of this class of racing, 10th place was an incredible 0.0077 from Tom Atkinson.

 Eliminations Round 1 saw Brad facing Mick Howling in the Paul Marston Racing School’s Monza, Mick red light gifting the win to Brad however Brads 0.07 reaction with a 7.68 dial and running 7.684 would have been very hard to overcome.

Eliminations Round  2 saw Brad racing the Top Methanol Dragster of Martyn Jones, this car often runs in the 5 second bracket so this was another stern test for Brad, Brad won the round with another great reaction of 0.0494 and running 7.72 against a dial in of 7.68, this gave Brad the win over the red lighting Martyn Jones.

Eliminations Round 3 Brad was against Barry Giles, a very good 15 time event winner, Brad had beaten Barry at the last meeting so knew that Barry would be chasing revenge, Barry took the win with a great dial in of 7.45 and ran 7.454 with a reaction time of 0.08, Brad’s reaction 0f 0.09 and a dial in of 7.71, breaking out on 7.68 wasn’t good enough and a very well deserved win for Barry Giles.

It was also a great event win for Ian Powell who beat Wouter Van Leersum from the Netherlands in the final.

Brad’s season is still going very well with semi final place at the Festival of Power, an event win at the Springspeed Nationals and a last 8 place at the FIA Main Event leaves Brad still leading the championship, these points are subject to ratification :-

  1. Brad Jackson 1770
  2. Ian Powell 1720
  3. Simon Gough 1530
  4. Scott Hauser 1400
  5. Brian Pateman 1360

Brad Wins the Hillingdon Speed and Spares Apira Springspeed National Finals

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Brad Wins the Hillingdon Speed and Spares Apira Springspeed National Finals

Shakespeare County Raceway Stratford  Upon Avon 2nd – 4th May 2015

We all headed to Shakespeare County Raceway for the Springspeed National Finals this weekend, the second round of the UK Super Pro Championship, we found a cloudy day on Saturday with a cold wind so the track temperature was very low, with wheel spin an issue Brads best time of the day was a 7.84 on a 7.70 dial in, however everyone else had the same issue and this placed Brad in 7th

Sunday morning was a wet start but the sun and the Jet Drier had the track ready for lunchtime and Brad’s first run was a 7.79 on a 7.73 dial dropping Brad to 9th, Brad’s final qualifier was a stunning 7.772 on a 7.77 dial in and this was good enough for No 2 qualifier, No 1 Rick Cook was 8.30003 on a 8.30 Dial in.

 In the semi finals Brad’s opponent was Barry Giles , Barry has been a past Super Pro National Champion and a 15 time event winner so Brad had to be on his game, and he was, an 0.04 reaction and a 7.78 on a 7.76 dial in was good enough for the win.
In the final Brad’s opponent was Joe Kellett, a 3 time Junior Dragster UK National Champion, this is Joe’s first year of Super Pro, he made a very good effort in reaching his first final, Brad ran a 7.77 on a 7.76 dial with an 0.07 reaction time, unfortunately Joes car broke and this gifted Brad his first Super Pro event win.
Brad reached the semi finals at the Festival of Power at Santa Pod and now this event win see’s him leading the UK National Super Pro Championship.

 Sunday morning was a wet start but the sun and the Jet Drier had the track ready for lunchtime and Brad’s first run was a 7.79 on a 7.73 dial dropping Brad to 9th, Brad’s final qualifier was a stunning 7.772 on a 7.77 dial in and this was good enough for No 2 qualifier, No 1 Rick Cook was 8.30003 on a 8.30 Dial in.

 Brad progressed through eliminations and in the quarter finals faced Joe Stevens, a Super Pro event winner, Brad’s 7.78 on a 7.76 dial in beat Joe’s breakout 8.55 on an 8.60 dial in.

Subject to ratification Brad is leading the Super Pro ET points after two of seven rounds, with 31 competitors contesting the championship so far.

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