LEON Jeacock may well be the new sheriff in Supertwin town after taking a clean sweep as Thundersport GB hit Brands Hatch.
But his four wins did little to dent his team-mate Lukas Wimmer’s championship lead – despite the Austrian bailing out of action a day early to meet university commitments back home.
This year’s series has been the most intriguing date following the departure of the championship’s big hitters earlier in the year. And it seems to have taken a completely new direction as the number of Kramer machines on the grid increased to three.
Along with Jeacock, who had made his debut alongside Wimmer on the second official Kramer machine at Mallory Park, Ireland’s Jacque Foley also rocked up with one under his arm, having ditched the Kawasaki machinery he had been using previously.
And it proved to be a good move, as Foley instantly found himself playing up at the front as he and his Kramer buddies locked out the top three in qualifying. Wimmer took pole with a 50.174 lap around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, just 0.324s ahead of Jeacock, as Foley lined up third ahead of the Stocktwin of Taylor Rose.
Saturday’s races were both close battles between Wimmer and Jeacock, but it the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship regular showed his top level credentials as he saw off a hard charging Wimmer to take both wins.
Jeacock’s first win came by half a second after the pair cleared off into the distance, leaving Foley behind to lead the rest of the pack. He crossed the line third, some 23 seconds behind Wimmer and 1.577 ahead of fourth place finisher Daniel Taylor.
The second was by 0.791s over Wimmer, as Foley finished third and a closer 17 seconds behind, as Taylor was again fourth, another 11 seconds back.
After Saturday’s sunshine, the weather had changed dramatically on Sunday and the riders were faced with wet drizzle. With no Wimmer on the grid, Jeacock had a much easier route to victory as he took a lights to flag win over Stocktwin runner Dean Armstrong.
The Stocktwin of Stephen Taylor took third while Foley took a tumble on the opening lap and ruled himself out of a result.
Jeacock’s final win was again over Armstrong’s Suzuki, this time by more than 14 seconds and it was another Stocktwin which took the third step of the podium, this time Alberto Solera aboard another Suzuki.
Foley, meanwhile, had a tougher time and despite a strong start, dropped back to cross the line seventh.
For Jeacock, it was another fun weekend, despite an issue early on. “We found a small problem with the front end of the bike and fixed it on Saturday morning, which meant we had to guess on a set up for race one,” he told UK Clubsport.
“We got to the lead a few times but Lukas was very strong and came straight back I worked out where I was stronger and then made a pass that let me hold the lead enough to get to my next strong point and open up a small gap for the win.
“In race two I dropped back for the first three laps to help out Jacque on the third Kramer, and with the front absolutely perfect, I had enough pace to pull Lukas back.
“I passed him just at the right point of the race to make the backmarkers work for me. We had two great races. The bike is amazing, I’m really enjoying riding it.”
Despite missing two races, Wimmer remains in command of the championship chase on 326 points, with Daniel Taylor second on 214 and Stephen Taylor third on 191. Jeacock now sits fifth in points on 185, as the departed Jonny Towers still holds fourth on 190.
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