TOUGH WEEKEND FOR CHAMPION JACKSON AT RADICAL SNETTERTON
It all started so well for defending Radical Challenge Champion Dominik Jackson, taking pole position by over two seconds in a wet qualifying session at Snetterton. Race 1:Despite losing out to Jerome De Sadeleer at the start of the first race, Jackson was side by side with Marcus Clutton through Riches, before emerging in second place.He held on to second place until the pitstop window opened, being the first to make the stop, and re-emerged in sixth.
Having climbed back to fourth there was a brief safety car intervention, but from the green flag there was contact with Jac Constable, Jackson continued in third, but well adrift of Clutton and De Sadeleer. “It was awful, I had chronic understeer from the beginning and had to back off and even brake through Coram,” he explained.Despite having spun and stalled after contact with RAW team mate Spencer Bourne at Agostini’s on the opening lap, John Macleod fought back strongly. After pitting in seventh, he climbed back to fourth after the safety car. “It was an eventful start, but the safety car helped in the second half,” said Macleod.Bourne also recovered to take fifth, “I wanted to catch John again though,” he admitted. Elliot Goodman was eighth, after losing out to Brian Caudwell a couple of laps from home, while Peter Brookes was 12th, Oli Marateotto Jnr13th, but Rod Goodman was a first lap casualty. Race 2:It was a much better start in race two, as Jackson not only headed the field through the first corner, but built a lead which lasted until lap eight, when a broken rear upright put him out of the race.
Once again Macleod was running strongly. “No real dramas except when Jerome came flying passed me,” he said. Despite losing the final podium place to De Sadeleer, he was still fourth, with Elliot Godman also finishing well to complete the top six.Brookes also made the top 10, with ninth at the flag, while Rod Goodman was 11th, Bourne 12th and Marateotto 14th. Race 3:Being a non finisher in the second race, Jackson was left starting the third and final race from last but one on the grid. As he tried to make progress on the opening lap he was caught up in a multiple collision at Palmer. It claimed team mate Elliot Godman after he had contact from John Caudwell, but Jackson tried to avoid the incident and was clipped by Brian Caudwell.
Macleod emerged through the chaotic opening lap in third, but started to lose ground and fell to the recovering Jackson on lap six. They pitted from fourth and fifth respectively, but after rejoining fourth, Jackson found it impossible to get close enough to Brian Caudwell to challenge for the final podium place. “After the hit on the first lap it was understeering and really hard to control the front end, so lost the ultimate pace,” he explained after retaining fourth.Macleod had another strong finish, ousting Jason Rishover for fifth in the closing laps. “It took me while to get heat into the rear tyres though and then I had a touch with Spencer through Palmer, when I thought I had left him room,” he explained.Bourne claimed a late seventh and Brookes finished well, ninth on the road which became eighth when Rod Goodman received a track limits penalty. Marateotto was 12th.