Brands BSB: Winning Superstock 600 debut for Dixon09/04/2012
By Jack Appleyard
Image by Double Red
Jake Dixon battled the rain and wind to take the first victory of the 2012 Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship. He thought off both of his Moto-Breakers Yamaha team-mates, James Rose and James Lodge, to win his first ever British Championship race.
Pole position man, Johnny Blackshaw, failed to make it to the grid after a crash on the entry to Druids in morning warm-up. He got his Triumph to end of pit lane during the warm up lap and started from pit lane. It looked to be Dixon, who is son of Sidecar legend Darren, from the outset until Leon Jeacock peeled around the outside of the youngster to take the hole shot through Paddock Hill Bend.
Then on the entry to Druids, Jeacock ran wide, allowing both Dixon and Rose to sneak through. The two teammates then began to break away from Jeacock who was getting chased down by two times British 125 Champion, Lodge.
Lodge then passed Jeacock to take third, now looking to replicate this move on Rose or Dixon further ahead. On the entry to Graham Hill Bend on lap 8, Dixon showed his front end to leader Rose but thought better of it. The following lap, however, he did the same, this time taking the lead. Once he hit the front Dixon, who cut his teeth in Thundersport Aprilia Superteens, then learnt to ride a four-stroke in Thundersport Aprilia RRV450 before stepping up to the 600, never looked back and pulled out an impressive 9.8 seconds lead. Lodge pulled 2.5 seconds back on Rose in just two laps and reduced the gap to one, but the red flag came out due to an incident along the Cooper Straight and Lodge’s charge was halted.
Josh Wainwright claimed fourth after a race long battle with Grant Whitaker and Tom Fisher, who took fifth and sixth. Jeacock finished seventh after his early showing and John Dean, Scott Hudson and Tim Hastings rounded out the top ten. Pole setter, Blackshaw, raced through the 37 riders on in front of him to take 12th and 4 possible valuable points.
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