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Brad all over at reaching UK summit

Brad all over at reaching UK summit

Speedster Brad Jackson proved an unstoppable tempest to win the Hillingdon Speed and Spares Apira Springspeed National Finals drag racing event in Shakespeare country..
Jackson dominated the holiday weekend meeting at the Shakespeare County Raceway at Stratford. upon Avon to now head the national rankings in the UK Super Pro Championship. On the first day of qualifying, the cloudy, cold and windy conditions generated a low track temperature which was reflected in the lower times. Wheel spin was an issue but Jackson posted his best time of 7.84 seconds on a 7.70 dial-in to earn seventh place .

Conditions improved on the second day with the jet drier readying the circuit with Jackson’s first run of 7.79 on a 7.73 dial dropping him to ninth, But he followed that with a stunning 7.772 on a 7.77 dial, which clinched him second place to Rick Cook. His quarter-final opponent was Joe Stevens, a Super Pro event winner, but the North Yorkshire ace’s 7.78 on a 7.76 dial in beat Joe’s breakout of 8.55 on an 8.60 dial in.
Next up was Barry Giles, a former Super Pro national champion and a 15-time event winner, Jackson was again on dynamic form a reaction split of 0.04 of a second reaction good enough to put him into the final.
Three time junior dragster UK national champion Joe Kelly, in his rookie Super Pro season, stood between Jackson and victory. Jackson posted a 7.77 on a 7.76 dial with an 0.07 reaction time but it was never tested as Kellett’s car broke down for Jackson to claim a first Super Pro event win1 After also reaching the semifinals of the Festival of Power at Santa Pod in Northampton.
He now heads the UK National Super Pro Championship ratings.

First published xxxxxx 00 May 2015 in Sport by Tony Kelly, Deputy sports editor

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Brad Jackson seeking national drag racing glory after Power-ful showing

NABURN speedster Brad Jackson is revving up for his next drag racing outing – the national championship’s round at Shakespeare County raceway.

The May 2 meeting in Stratford upon Avon will hopefully see an extension of the solid form the 18-year-old enjoyed at the season’s opener – the Festival of Power at Northampton’s Santa Pod track.

Helming a more powerful machine, Jackson, saw the first day rained off, so reducing the number of qualifying rounds.

In his opening run, former Fulford School pupil Jackson suffered a severe slide to the right in the machine after it suffered a loss of traction, but the youngster controlled the car superbly to post a 16th place out of the 32 entrants.

In round one, Jackson ousted Roy Wilding, a 38-year-old drag racing veteran, and then sped to a 7.69 second showing to topple Brian Pateman, an experienced Super Comp three-time champion with 13 event wins to his name.

Jackson then set off within 0.04 seconds of the starting light showing to eclipse quarter-final opponent Roy Walker, to set up a semi-final encounter against Scott Hauser, winner of the Super Pro title for the last two years.

Jackson had to be on his game and produced a stunning 0.003 reac tion time, but a mis-dialled time by his dad saw the race go to Hauser.

However, the reaction times over the Santa Pod track of between 0.003 and 0.074 seconds was a superb achievement for driver and back-up team to put them in fine fettle for the May 2 outing.

First published Thursday 23 April 2015 in Sport by Tony Kelly, Deputy sports editor

Valuable Points

Brad Jackson collects valuable points at his first European drag racing event

Brad Jackson Keeping Dry !

Tough of the track Brad Jackson might not have been zinging in the rain, but he was singing in the rain.

Appearing in his first European drag racing meeting as a professional, the 17 year-old Naburn ace collected valuable points from an event that was eventually washed out by the Bank Holiday deluge.

A total of 47 cars vied for the 32 qualification places at the FIA main European event at the Santa Pod raceway, near Northampton.

Lucas Oli driver Jackson’s first day of qualifying found him in an impressive 19th place after three.

The next day, proceedings were hampered by intermittent rain all day leaving the youngster with just one more chance to improve. However, a timing error by his dad, and team principal, Wayne Jackson, dropped him to 25th place, though still well placed to make the final day’s racing.

Jackson excelled in his first race, a fine reaction time of 0.04 of a second enabling him to beat experienced German opponent Marc Henney to book a place in the last 16.

His next clash put him up against Nick Good Motorsport team-mate Dave Catton, who were in identical cars and not hampered by pre-set team orders.

But one of the most anticipated duels of the day was rained off, though Jackson’s reward was a stack of valuable points

Published in”The Press” on Thursday 29th May 2014

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