Ancaster classic bike racer Jason Dixon suffered a disastrous start to his final season with engine failure on his new Yamaha prior to the opening meeting of the Golden Era Superbike Series at Brands Hatch last weekend.
But the offer of a Suzuki GSXR 750 from a fellow competitor saved the day – although Jason and the team did have to fetch it from Southampton.
Qualifying conditions on the Saturday were mixed, a drying track but very wet and slippy off the racing line, but Jason managed to get the old Suzuki into 11th on the grid.
Race one was declared wet so the decision was made for full wet tyres. Jason had an awful start and dropped six or seven places before the first corner, but rode as hard as possible to finish eighth.
The second race was dry so a switch to Dunlop slicks was needed. Jason crossed the finish line in sixth.
Sunday’s grid positions were worked out on aggregate so Jason had to start from 13th.
He enjoyed a great first race on a wet track, getting up to fifth before finally finishing in sixth place.
The team’s choice to opt for a wet front tyre and dry rear for race two proved to be the wrong one for race two and Jason pulled out after seven laps.
Jason’s results after round one left him lying eighth in the championship.
Jason expressed his gratitude to Nick Williamson for the load of the Suzuki and to his team – Mark Williams and Courtney Smith: “Well done guys, top job.”