Debut European Stock 600 podium for Jackson07/08/2012
By Dave Fern
Image by Paul Sturman/2snap
Lee Jackson excelled in the Superstock 600 European Championship action as he raced into third position, and it could so easily have been second place for the Lincolnshire teenage whizz-kid who was nudged wide on the dash to the line by title chasing Michael VD Mark.
The race had been red-flagged with the leaders, Matt Davies and Gauthier Duwelz, on their third lap by a combination of tumbles and spilled fluid but when it was re-started over five laps it was VD Mark who made the running ahead of Riccardo Cecchini and Riccardo Russo.
Jackson was running back in eleventh place on the opening lap, but soon splashing through the pack to be up to fifth on the third lap and attacking. Russo had by then taken over out front but on the penultimate lap Duwelz took over out front, though not for long before he tipped off.
That left the way clear for Russo to charge through to take his fourth victory of the season, by 0.600secs ahead of VD Mark, and that was enough to give him the series lead, by three points over the Dutch rider. Jackson ran third, only a further tenth of a second back aboard his Chris Walker Race School Kawasaki.