THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Debut term Turns into dream finale
BRAD JACKSON has proved himself in the high-octane cauldron of senior drag racing- at his first attempt.
The Naburn-based teenager has wrapped up his debut campaign on the senior circuit with an excellent third place in the UK National Drag Racing Championship, which concluded with its final meeting at the Santa Pod Raceway, near Northampton.
Jackson’s third place in the Jackson Racing team was achieved against 55 other drivers. And that daring debut display by the Lucas Oil driver in his-Super Pro car was augmented by runners up place in the APIRA championship in which he surpassed a string of able drivers from throughout
Europe. In The Final round the national –title at Santa Pod, Jackson qualified comfortably in 12th position out of the 23 competitors, who benefited by a crisp cool autumn – that helped the cars generate yet more horse power.
That success put him into direct opposition to the second Lucas oil driver / Nick Good Motorsport Dragster, piloted by a new driver Chris Parker who hails from Beverley. Normally this car is driven by Dave Catton.Parker had gained his Super Comp license in America and with no team orders, and the new man coached by Catton, Jackson knew he would be in for a close contest
The composed York ace prevailed, gaining more valuable points towards the championship rankings
However the second round of eliminations was far from as successful,Jackson made an uncharacteristic error and was red-lit by200ths of a second, which brought his involvement to an end .He and his team, whose team principal is his dad Wayne, were left with a nail-biting vigil to see if any other drivers would overhaul Jackson. That feat was achieved only by leading qualifier Rick Cooke, who knocked Jackson back down into third place in the overall rankings.
But that did not spoil a superb debut season in a Super Pro car Jackson had set a new personal best time of 7.68 seconds at a startling speed of 175.01 miles an hour from a standing start over the quarter of a mile to afford another season-ending high.
He is now gearing up to a second season and the prospect of a faster car for which the design is in place. Said Wayne: ‘It’s been a fantastic first season and we’d like to thank all our sponsors -Lucas Oil, Pentagon, Corporate Fleet Department, D &S Signs, Martin Williams Hull, Alamo/National car rental, Six B Apparel and Pete Walters Race Design. “There’s a massive thank you to Nick Good Motorsport and the crew of Nick Good, Dave Catton, Cristiann Carlo and Natalie Cooper
– and last, but definitely not least, Brad’s mum, Alison for feeding everyone: all Year “