DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND FOR KRYSTAL Krystal Racing Space Air have returned home after a disappointing round of the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship at Silverstone. While Lee Jackson (22) managed to bring his Yamaha R1 home in...
DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND FOR KRYSTAL
Krystal Racing Space Air have returned home after a disappointing round of the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship at Silverstone. While Lee Jackson (22) managed to bring his Yamaha R1 home in ninth spot, Paul Veazey (33) finished up 33rd in a race cut short by an accident on Lap 11.
Jackson had qualified 13th for Sunday afternoon's 15 lap race around the famous Northamptonshire circuit, and managed to make a good start, jumping up to tenth position by the end of the first lap. By lap six, the 32-year-old from Lincoln had made it up to ninth place, but his charge was cut short when the safety car was deployed to clear up the debris from a crash further down the field.
When the safety car went in at the end of the ninth lap, Lee was soon back on the case, and was looking likely to make up even more spots when another crash on the 11th lap brought out the red flag. With the race being just over two-thirds gone, it was called a result.
"I'm disappointed I didn't finish higher up but at the end of the day, I have to be happy that I came home with some points," he said. "To be honest, it hasn't been a great weekend. I've struggled a lot with the set-up and I wasn't at all pleased with my qualifying result. I was happy that I made up a few places at the start, and I think had the race gone full length, I could've finished a bit higher up."
Veazey also had a difficult weekend, only managing to qualify in 28th spot as he struggled with set-up. At the green light he managed to hold his place, but dropped down to 30th in lap three. Lying in 29th spot when the safety car came out, he suffered a tricky moment with the bike, running wide and joining the field at the back. Once the safety car went in, he was still uncomfortable, and finally crossed the line 33rd.
"We've struggled with the bike all weekend and even early on in the race I wasn't happy with it. I tried to ride around all of the problems, but when we were under the safety car I had a moment coming into Copse and I really thought I was going to lose it. I managed to keep it upright, but ran straight off, and by the time I was back on the track, I was last. It was just a horrible weekend to be honest and I'm pleased it's all over."
Team owner Tony Astle agreed it had been a tough weekend, but vowed to move on. "There's not a lot you can say, other than at least they both came home safe, Lee has come back with some points so it wasn't a complete waste of a race.
"It was a shame it was cut short, and with the safety car being out for three laps, it ended up that there were only eight racing laps, which is always bad news, especially when everyone has worked so hard all weekend. But we have to move on and look ahead to the next round, and do everything we can to make sure it's much better for everyone.
It was also a disappointing race for Gary Jackson (19) on his Newell Plumbing Yamaha in the Superstock Cup event. After qualifying in 18th spot, he got off to a lightening start, only to be taken out before the end of the first lap.
"I'm annoyed because I was going well but there's nothing I can do about it." he said. "I had struggled in the earlier part of the weekend but thought I had sorted the trouble out, and after the start I thought it was all looking good. But it wasn't my fault and thankfully I'm not injured. I guess that's just racing."