MIXED FORTUNES FOR JACKSON AT OULTON
Dominik Jackson had hoped to consolidate his Radical Challenge Championship lead at Oulton Park, but left the Cheshire circuit with his advantage reduced.
Having secured pole in the wet for the first race, the RAW Motorsports team leader had the lead initially, but after running wide into Lodge on the opening lap he dropped to fifth, as title rival Jerome De Sadeleer took charge.
Jackson quickly retook Jason Rishover and Jac Constable, while further back team mate Elliot Godman had also slipped back from an initial seventh.
But Jackson continued to hunt down Mark Richards and had recovered second place by the end of lap five.
Following his triple success at Spa, Jackson had to make a longer pitstop, and when the whole field made their stops during a safety car intervention, it cost Jackson dearly. He had rejoined in 11th but battled his way back into fifth, before his Radical SR3 RSX expired, pulling off at Lodge to retire just three laps from home. Elliot Goodman came back fairly strongly and was classified seventh, with father Rod ninth and Peter Brookes 10th.
It was lights to flag win for Jackson in race two however, but not before he had shaken off the attentions of Constable again. “It sort of made up for the retirement in the first race,” he suggested. Elliot Goodman climbed from an early 10th to hold another strong eighth for much for the race, with Brookes taking the flag in ninth and Spencer Bourne 10th, after he had failed to make the start in race one.
It was Jackson v Constable again in the third and final race of the day, with Jackson’s key rival De Sadeleer looking on. Apart from his pitstop, when Constable briefly hit the front Jackson led throughout, but a track limits penalty was to cost him the win and hand it to Constable. After running strongly all day, Elliot Godman saved his best until last. He spent most of the first half in seventh place, but when Mark Richards made a last lap mistake, Goodman pounced to snatch fifth.
Bourne was in the top 10 again, taking eighth on the last lap, while Brookes just missed out in 11th.The next round of the Championship is at Silverstone on August 17/18, where the Championship takes to the full Grand Prix circuit and Jackson will be hoping to add to his victory tally to succeed in retaining his title.