YORK’S drag-racing ace Brad Jackson is a low-rider on a high, writes Tony Kelly.

The 17-year-old remains in second place in the nationals championship in his first season as a professional driver.

Qualifying in 13th place from 37 cars at the championships at the Santa Pod circuit near Northampton, he was then drawn in the head to head stage of the weekend event against team-mate and mentor Dave Catton in the sister car of the Lucas Oil/Nick Good Motorsport team.

With no team orders in the first round of eliminations, a tight duel was eagerly anticipated.

Catton, perhaps excited by the prospect of racing his protégé, was red-lit by two-thousandths of a second to hand an easy victory to Jackson in the first encounter of Lucas Oil dragsters.

However, then the rains fell and the rest of the event was cancelled, though not without the York ace confirming his second place in the title race.