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SEVENTH FOR JACKSON AS INJURY WRECKS VEAZEY'S HOPES     KRYSTAL Racing Space Air's Lee Jackson brought his Yamaha YZF-R1 machine home in seventh ...




KRYSTAL Racing Space Air's Lee Jackson brought his Yamaha YZF-R1 machine home in seventh place after a hard-fought round of the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship at Cadwell Park this afternoon, while young team-mate Paul Veazey was forced to retire with severe pain from a previous injury.   Meanwhile, Gary Jackson scored a sixth place in Sunday's National Superstock Cup race, following it up with a fifth in the second race today.   Lee Jackson, on board the distinctive blue and yellow number 22 machine, had started the 15-Lap race around the Lincolnshire circuit from fifth on the grid following a good performance in qualifying. But a bad start at the green light left him down in ninth place by the end of the opening lap, forcing him to play catch-up for the duration of the race.   After passing the Suzuki of Marshall Neill on Lap Two, the 2005 champ began to hunt down Dan Hegarty, making the pass a lap later and moving into seventh. But struggling with side grip, the 32-year-old was unable to make up any further ground, and despite giving fellow local rider Ben Wilson a hard time in the closing laps, eventually had to settle for seventh.   "I'm disappointed in the result, what with it being my home track and one where I'm usually on the podium," he said. "But it was a hard race for me, we really struggled with side grip today and no matter what I did, I just wasn't in a position to pass Ben.   "I had been chasing Brogan earlier on in the race, and when he passed Ben on Lap Nine I had hoped I would be able to find a way past too, but unfortunately I just couldn't manage it. It's left me fifth in the championship, and we've got four races left, so I think I'll be just trying to forget about this one and looking ahead to the double headers and Donington and Brands Hatch to see if we can end the season on a high."   And it proved to be a painful and short-lived race for Paul Veazey on bike 33, who retired on Lap Nine. The 21-year-old, who has just about recovered after breaking his hand in a training accident earlier this year, damaged his shoulder in a crash at Croft a fortnight ago.   Starting from 25th spot, the youngster got an excellent start, leapfrogging several bikes up into 18th place by the end of the first lap. But as the race wore on, the demanding track began to take its toll on the damaged muscle, eventually forcing him into the pits and retirement.   "I'm gutted about it, but there was nothing I could do, I was in absolute agony out there," he said. "I was able to ride with it at Croft because the weather and the track conditions were very different, but once I got out there I knew I wasn't going to be able to go the distance.   "I stayed out there as long as I could, but the pain was getting steadily worse and then two of my fingers went numb. I knew I had to come in, it was a nightmare. Now I've got about a month until the next race so I'm hoping I'll have enough time to get back to full health."   In the Cup class double-header, Gary Jackson was pleased to finish in sixth and fifth places respectively on his Newell Plumbing /Krystal Racing machine. The 36-year-old lined up for both 12-lap races in ninth spot, and a good getaway in Sunday's event saw him up into fifth by the end of the opening lap. Despite holding the position all the way to the final lap, the older brother and mechanic of Lee was edged down to sixth in the closing seconds by Ian Mackman.   In race two, a bad start left him languishing down in 11th, but determined to fight back, he slowly began to reel his rivals in, moving steadily through the field. Sitting in sixth spot as the Safety Car was deployed on Lap Eight, Jackson was able to capitalise at the restart, launching into fifth where he was to stay until the chequered flag.   "Yeah I'm happy with that, especially the second race," he said. "I think the Safety Car helped me out because it gave me the chance to catch the pack and perhaps if we hadn't had it, I would have had to settle for sixth.   "I was happier with the second, but I can't help thinking if I'd got a start like I did in the first, I'd have been in reach of the podium. But I'm not going to complain, I've come away with two decent results."   Team Manager Tony Astle commented: "All three of them have come home safe and that's all we ever wish for to be honest. Paul was in far too much pain, he probably shouldn't have went out in the first place but it was his decision. Lee is disappointed, but he was struggling for grip out there and in my opinion he did well to finish where he did.   "Gary got two good results, and we're all happy about that, especially after all the hard work he's done to rebuild his bike after Croft. At the end of the day, racing's start where you start and you finish where you finish, and there's nothing else to it. All three did the very best they could."   -credit: kr

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Series Other bike
Drivers Lee Jackson , Paul Veazey