JACKSON BROTHERS FLY THE FLAG FOR KRYSTAL AT OULTON KRYSTAL Racing Space Air head to Oulton Park this weekend with just the Jackson brothers flying the flag for the team after Paul Veazey was ruled out with a broken...
JACKSON BROTHERS FLY THE FLAG FOR KRYSTAL AT OULTON
KRYSTAL Racing Space Air head to Oulton Park this weekend with just the Jackson brothers flying the flag for the team after Paul Veazey was ruled out with a broken hand.
Lee Jackson will be the outfit's sole runner in the Metzeler Racetec National Superstock Championship on Sunday, while elder brother Gary will contest Saturday's Cup Race.
Veazey has been sidelined after breaking a bone in his left hand during a training accident last week. However the 21-year-old from Middlesbrough is determined to be back in action for his home round at Croft next month.
Following the series' washed-out visit to Knockhill in Scotland a fortnight ago, when the race was abandoned due to severe rain just three laps in, 2005 champ Jackson is determined to be back on the podium on Sunday afternoon.
The 32-year-old from Lincoln had his best race of the season so far when the championship visited the 2.692mile Cheshire circuit in May, finishing third in the seven-lap restarted sprint race and setting the fastest lap.
"I really enjoyed the last race at Oulton and I'm looking to find the same form I had then to go out there and get another podium," he said. "Last time we raced here it was just unfortunate that the race only went over seven laps, because I know had I had a few more, I would have been up into at least second place and perhaps challenging for the win.
"I like Oulton, it's quite a challenging circuit and I've traditionally always gone pretty well around there. The Yamaha seems to like it as much as I do, so I'm confident we can work well together and get back on the box where we belong."
Team owner Tony Astle has every confidence in his rider. "Lee will, as always, be out there doing the best he can, and we all know he has a good history at Oulton. He's pretty much been on the podium here whenever he's ridden for us, so we're all hoping for more of the same this weekend.
"Paul will be here to support Lee all weekend, and I know he's very frustrated that he can't ride himself but at the moment he needs to rest it. He is desperate to be back and fit enough to ride at his home track, Croft, in a month, so we're all just keeping our fingers crossed that it heals in time."
Gary Jackson, on board his own Newell Plumbing Krystal Racing Yamaha R1, is looking for his first podium of the year at Oulton. The 36-year-old from Lincoln, who is also Lee's mechanic, has enjoyed an impressive return to racing, with his best finish so far being a fourth at Thruxton.
"Knockhill was just too wet so I'm hoping we'll have a dry one this week, so I can really push it as much as possible," he said. "I'm enjoying riding again after a break of a few years, but I'm keen to get a top three. Fingers crossed this could be the round I do it."
Gary's race takes place on Saturday at 3.50pm, while Lee's event gets underway on Sunday at 5.05pm.