12:16pm Thursday 29th May 2014
TOUGH of the track Brad Jackson might not have been zinging in the rain, but he was singing in the rain.
Appearing in his first European drag racing meeting as a professional, the 17-year-old Naburn ace collected valuable points from an event that was eventually washed out by the Bank Holiday deluge.
A total of 47 cars vied for the 32 qualification places at the FIA main European event at the Santa Pod raceway, near Northampton.
Lucas Oli driver Jackson's first day of qualifying found him in an impressive 19th place after three.
The next day, proceedings were hampered by intermittent rain all day leaving the youngster with just one more chance to improve. However, a timing error by his dad, and team principal, Wayne Jackson, dropped him to 25th place, though still well placed to make the final day's racing.
Jackson excelled in his first race, a fine reaction time of 0.04 of a second enabling him to beat experienced German opponent Marc Henney to book a place in the last 16.
His next clash put him up against Nick Good Motorsport team-mate Dave Catton, who were in identical cars and not hampered by pre-set team orders.
But one of the most anticipated duels of the day was rained off, though Jackson's reward was a stack of valuable points towards the season's championship series.
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