PROFESIONAL debuts could hardly have been more dramatic or daring than that of Naburn tough of the drag-racing track Brad Jackson.
His first experience as a contestant on the Super Pro circuit almost very nearly evaporated for the 17-year-old, who for the past four years has revelled in an illustrious junior career.
After four promising test runs at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northampton, Jackson's Nick Good Motorsport team detected the USA-manufactured Worthy Dragster car had suffered a severe gearbox and engine fault after the car had hit the rev limiter.
Four of the team worked through the night to effect the repairs, including fitting a new gearbox, but it meant the first qualifying session was missed.
But Jackson, an apprentice motor technician for DM Keith Skoda in York, was back in the cockpit for the second session.
He advanced to tenth place out of the 27-strong field, though bizarrely dropping to 19th in the third qualifier despite clocking a personal best of 7.73 seconds at a speed of 173.6 miles per hour.
The next qualifier was abandoner because of rain, but the next day Jackson won both the first and second rounds of eliminations.
Unfortunately, the rains came again and the meeting was abandoned, but Jackson had crowned his Super Pro debut with valuable championship points under his belt.
The next round is at the Shakespeare County Raceway at Stratford-on-Avon over the weekend of May to May 5.