2015 News Archives
Jack took to the track on his new ex Richard Hall bike for the first time, at a private practice session at the Eddie Wright Raceway last week.
The bike has the same frame and forks as his other bike, but there the similarities end with wide handle bars and higher seat and most crucially the engine being a GM with an offset cam.
The decision to give Jack the opportunity to have a relaxed first ride on the bike was not taken lightly and his support team gave instructions for him to take things easy.
Jack did one circuit of the track before taking up a position on the start gate. He dropped the clutch and rode four breath taking laps looking very smooth in a very quick estimated time of around 60 seconds.
Jack spent the afternoon putting in more impressive laps, before declaring he was very happy with his racing machine.
Sheffield promoter Damien Bates was also at the practice along with a number of the Tigers team and he too was impressed with Jacks performance which prompted him to invite him along to some pre season closed door practices at Owlerton and the clubs press and practice day. Damien as expressed his keenness to keep Jack involved at Sheffield and indicated he is part of his future plans.
Jack has also had other invites and will take part in Press and Practice days at Birmingham, Peterborough and Buxton. The experience will benefit him greatly with his sights set on a National League team place for 2016.
Jack To Ride In World Championships
Jack will once again be hitting the European trail with two major events been added to his diary.
He will compete in the FIM 250cc world championship in France at the beginning of August.
Then in September he will ride in the Golden Trophy Long Track meeting at Vechta track in Germany where another 250 World crown will be up for grabs. The meeting is staged on a speedway track but the bikes used are grass track bikes.
The two events. will mean Jack support team will need to but purchase two engine's so if anybody reading this would like to get involved with sponsorship, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Jack enjoyed a good practice session at Peterborough on Saturday and now looks forward to having a his first laps around Perry Barr on Wednesday, when Birmingham stage their press and practice before returning to Peterborough on Thursday, who also stage their P+P day.
Jack is Champion
Jack collected his first silverware of the 2015 season, winning the 2014/15 Winter Youth 500cc Championship trophy at Scunthorpe.
The rain effected series, was scheduled over 6 rounds running from October to March, but only three rounds actually took place with Jack dropping a single point from the three completed round on the way to retaining the Championship he has won 12 months earlier.
Jack is looking forward to a speedway packed Easter period, with plenty of track time. On Thursday, Jack will be at Sheffield watching the Tiger's take on Redcar, and then will travel to Redcar to watch the Good Friday League Cup return fixture,
On Saturday, Jack will spend the day practicing at the Northside training track in Cumbria, before traveling to Derbyshire on Easter Sunday where he has been invited to take part in the Press and Practice day at National League team Buxton.
An early start on Easter Monday for some workshop time, and then to Scunthorpe to watch the Tiger's and then Buxton do battle with Scunthorpe at the Lincolnshire circuit, before an overnight stop en route to Buxton once again, where he will meet up with his British Youth colleagues for a training day.
Perfect British Championship Build Up
Jack's British Championship build up continued by winning the first round of the Scunthorpe Summer Championship last weekend. Jack made the best of very a difficult track to record the fastest time of the day and a personal best time around the Eddie Wright Raceway of 61.2 seconds.
Jack was once again undefeated in 6 rides and with the first round of the of the British Championship taking place at the same venue this coming weekend the signs are all positive.
Jack will also revealing his new race suit and covers on Sunday a full report and photos will be on line early next week.
Busy Week Ahead
The British weather has massively hampered Jacks preparation for what promises a very important week with Jack making his debut in the 250cc class in the 2014 British Youth Championship at Leicester on Saturday.
The Recent spate of wet weather has resulted mass speedway meeting postponements and Jack not being able to test his new (to him) 250cc engine and it's a case of fingers crossed that the rain stays away and he can finally get some track time on Thursday at Sheffield when he is programmed to ride in two second half races.
It will be Jacks support team's last chance to make sure the set ups on the bike work after the change from his 500cc engine ahead of Saturdays 2 nd round of the British Championship.
A full report and photographs will be online next week.
Jack Wins First Round Of The British Championship
Jack served notice of intent with an unbeaten performance, in winning the first round of the British Youth Speedway Championship at Scunthorpe on Sunday.
The meeting took place on warm sunny day, but the track as the previous week very little dirt on the inside, which quickly turned into a blue groove.
The track was heavily watered before the meeting which made it treacherous for the first few heats. Jacks first ride came in heat 3 and he was quickly into the lead, but very nearly over cooked it on a very slippy third bend, but he recovered using his head and carded his first three points of the day.
Jack had to wait until heat 21, by this time the track was just coming good and just has Jack was preparing to enter the track a decision was made to water the track. Once again, Jack had to contend with a very patchy track and without really getting into his usual stride recorded another good win.
Jack took to the track in heat 33 after the track had been watered for the third time of the day, and once Jack again recorded another good win to take his points tally to nine.
Jacks final qualifying ride saw him come against his good friend and Scunthorpe MDL rider Jamie Halder, who was also unbeaten and it turned out to be the race of the day.
Jack made an excellent start, but was soon under pressure from his hard charging rival, who made his move and forced his way through to lead out of bend three and four of the second lap, but the move was quickly countered by Jack who found some extra drive off the outside line and he sling shot himself back into the lead and victory in a thrilling race by two fine young British prospects.
The win gave Jack first pick of gates in the vital winner takes all final. To add extra spice to the final, Jack and Jamie where joined by the rider who beat him to the 250 British title last year Norfolk based Lewis Whitmore and northern based Keiron Douglas.
The final however turned into something of an anti climax with Halder touching the tapes and was put on a 15 mitre handicap. (A strange new rule that applies to the Youth Championships.)
The re-run got underway with Jack going around Whitmore out of bends one and two with Halder making his through way into second place, but could not make up any ground on Jack who completed his fifth win of the day.
The second of the six rounds Championship takes place at Eastbourne this coming Saturday, where Jack will be keen to extend his lead.
Jacks Extends His Lead In The British Championship
Jack turned up the heat on his nearest rivals by winning the second round of the Youth 500cc British Speedway Championship at Eastbourne last weekend.
14 year old Jack, one of the youngest riders in this year's Championship followed up his first round win at Scunthorpe just six days earlier with another unbeaten display with only an electrical fault causing his bike to fail while leading in his 3rd ride spoiling a perfect score.
Jack got off to the best possible start, by winning his first two rides and inflicting defeats on his nearest rivals in the process despite a misfiring engine. Efforts to resolve the problem had failed and after making a great start and leading his third race his engine ground to an halt. Frantic efforts to resolve the problems finally bore fruit and normal service was resumed with him streaking away to win in one of the fastest times of the day and booking his place in the winner takes all final.
Jack had second pick of start gates and chose gate 4 the outside gate which meant he had the furthest to travel to the first corner.
The riders took their place on the start gate and were put under starters order by the starting marshall, but bizarrely the normal sequence failed and the tapes rose making for a ragged start and leaving Jack last going into the first corner. Jack made a dramatic swoop which saw him move into second place but the leader anticipated Jack's charge and tried to close the door but he went through the narrowest of gaps between the rider and the safety fence to take the lead and to go on and win by half a lap.
The manner of Jack's latest victory suggests this could well be Jacks breakthrough season with spiraling costs the only thing that may hinder his progress. Jack's family would love hear from any local business or individual who would be interested in helping with the additional expenses please contact Neal Parkinson 077 2424 0347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The win sees Jack extend his Championship lead to 6 points after 2 of the six rounds.
The third round takes place at Leicester on 7th June.
Jack Wins 2nd Round of Cumbrian Championship
Jack continued his winning ways with another impressive display at Northside.
The meeting was the second round of a six series championship with Jack having won the first round last month. The meeting was staged on bright sunny day with the track in perfect condition.
Jack once again showed his liking on the tight 168 metre track going through the card unbeaten and recording some fast times in the process which hopefully will be a good omen with the fourth round of the British Championship being staged at the same venue on 30th August.
Jack Tightens His Grip In British Title Quest
Jack gave his hopes of winning the British Youth 500cc title a major boost this weekend, as he produced another unbeaten display to win the third round at Leicester at the weekend.
The Midland track is renown for being a particularly difficult track to master, with long straights and tight corners, but held no problems for Jack who romped home in each his four qualifying rides, and then the final and posted a very quick time of 66.7, a time which is just over 3 seconds slower the resident Leicester Lions GP star Jason Doyle had recorded winning heat one of the Elite League meeting the previous week.
Jack now extends is lead to 10 points overhaul and has yet to drop a point to any of his rivals after Three of the six British championship rounds. (each rider drops their lowest round so only five round count)
The action now moves Hertfordshire track Rye House on the 26th July.
Jack Set To Make His MDL Debut
Jack looks set to make a piece of history when he makes his debut for Scunthorpe Stags, in their Midland Development League meeting at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday Night.
Jack will become the youngest rider ever to appear in the league, after Jack's family successfully applied for licence to be upgraded 2 months ahead of his 15th Birthday.
This will mean, Jack will be able to ride against older and more experienced riders and all riders are free agents and can ride for any club at anytime, which means plenty of extra track time.
Jack will ride for Buxton and Scunthorpe on a regular basis in The MDL and he will ride for Workington Meteors in The Northern Junior League.
Jack Makes A Big Impact
Jack made an excellent start to his League racing career with a 3 ride unbeaten display, on his debut riding for Scunthorpe last weekend. Jack reeled off 3 tapes to flag wins all in times just over 60 seconds.
Then it was on to Buxton on Sunday, which is known to be a difficult track against much stronger opposition. Before the meeting got underway both teams had to make late changes with Buxton using rider replacement. Jack was pressed into action in the opening heat where he was up against two of Kings Lynn's top riders who had just taken part in the previous NL meeting to contend with.
First bend bunching resulted in Jack hitting the deck his front wheel being taken away from him with his hand going into another riders back wheel! Jack suffered a pretty painful injury to his finger but after some quick attention from the first aid people was back at the tapes for the re-run. Jack was beaten from the start but soon got dialedin and was lining up a move to pass the leader when the race was stopped due to a fallen back maker and the result awarded.
Jack made no mistake in his second ride wining in a very quick time of 58.4
Jack had settle for second place next time out but after being beaten from the start in his fourth outing quickly rounded the leader on the first lap to win and complete a 10 point haul.
Next stop was Belle Vue, and a very stiff test awaited Jack as the home side fielded a very strong team with 2 National League regulars and an a very experienced and classy ex British Champion Grasstrack rider amongst their number.
Jack was beaten away from the tapes in his opening ride and moved into second place off the second bend but was soon had the home number one in his sights and made his move up the inside on the back straight second lap to take the lead and go on to an impressive win. Jack went on to tapes to flag wins and got faster with each ride his last 64.6 was just 2 second slower than Aces Steve Worrall's winning Elite League time.
So after an hectic weekend 3 meeting 3 different tracks for 3 different teams Jack scored 19 points out of a possible 21.
The focus now turns to British Championship action at Rye House this Sunday, where Jack will be looking to maintain his unbeaten status and move a step closer to claiming his first national title.
Jack In Demand
Jacks excellent start to the MDL racing, has prompted lots of booking enquires and Jacks racing diary is filling up fast. This weekend he makes his first appearance for Peterboro at Long Eaton v Leicester on Saturday night, before riding for his regular team Buxton in a home fixture against Milton Keynes on Sunday afternoon, and then at Belle Vue again for The Junior Hitmen on Monday night!
All Jacks results will be online next week.
Jack faces an anxious wait to see if he will qualify to make his debut in this year's MDL Riders Championship, which will be staged at Scunthorpe on the 31st August.
Jack has been named has Buxton's representative in the leagues showcase event, but the minimum meeting qualification could be changed from 3 to 4 meetings would see Jack ruled out. The cut off date is 9th August, by which date Jack should have completed 8 MDL meeting but only 3 for Buxton.
Confirmation is expected by the weekend.
Jack Set To Make His MDL Debut
Jack looks set to make a piece of history, when he makes his debut for Scunthorpe Stags in their Midland Development League meeting, at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday Night.
Jack will become the youngest rider ever, to appear in the league after Jack's family successfully applied for licence to be upgraded 2 months ahead of his 15th Birthday.
This will mean Jack will be able to ride against older and more experienced riders, and all riders are free agents and can ride for any club at anytime which means plenty of extra track time.
Jack will ride for Buxton and Scunthorpe on a regular basis in The MDL and he will ride for Workington Meteors in The Northern Junior League.
MDL round up 1-3 August.
Jack made his debut for MDL pacesetters Peterborough in a table top clash against third placed Long Eaton at Leicester last Saturday.
Jacks first outing, saw him start from gate 4 and despite making a good start was taken wide on the first bend but recovered and settled in behind his team mate for a third. Jack joined his partner up frontfor a Peterborough 5-1 in his second ride and was in a similar position in his final ride when his team mate who was leading fell on the third lap and the race being awarded by the referee and Jack credited with a win. Not Jacks best performance at Leicester but he played his part and finished with a 6+2 points tally.
The following day the Jack turned out for Buxton against Milton Keynes, who featured Adam Sheppard who has been one of the “form” men of the MDL and who Jack faced in his first outing. The race got underway with Jack just losing out in the race for the first corner but quickly rounded Adam and went on to record his first win of the day. Jack went on to record a three ride maximum his third in five MDL outings.
The final meeting saw Jack lead Buxton against a very strong and experienced Colts side at Belle Vue. Jack made a superb start, but had to see off a very strong challenge from Andy Mellish and pulled away to record and impressive win. Jack second ride, saw him out gated by Rob Shuttleworth a proven rider at national league level he chased hard but had to be content with a second place. The last race proved to be the highlight of the night. Jack once again found himself out muscled on the first turn, and was last going into turn 3 on the first lap his partner falling on the third bend leaving him trailing the Colts top two riders. Jack chased hard, and was challenging for second place as the riders crossed the line at the end of the third lap and fine cut back saw him move sweetly into second place to complete an hard earned 7 point score!
Jacks MDL average after 6 Meetings
Meetings 6 Rides 19 Points 50 Bonu2 TOT 52 RA 2.73 MA 10.94
Jack Leads Halifax To Victory
Jack took the Captain's role for Halifax the first time in his team racing career for the annual Northern Junior League 4 Team Tournament which was stages at Redcar at the weekend.
The meeting had 8 teams made up of 2 x 500cc riders and 2x 125 riders who contested 2 semi finals. with the four top scoring teams moving into the final.
Jack was in blistering form winning his first 3 rides and helping Halifax to top the qualifiers.
The Dukes where joined in the final by Castleford Berwick and Northside.
Jack carried on his superb form to win all his rides in the final and complete am 18 point maximum and steer the Dukes to a well deserved Championship win.
Jack also received The Rider Of The Day award which was chosen by the referee.
Jack is The Champion
Jack has completed a superb Championship win in the MDL Championship Series.
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Jack Makes An Impressive Debut
Fast rising speedway star Jack Parkinson Blackburn nearly caused a major upset in the Under 19 British Final which took place at Berwick at the weekend.
The 15 year old who only qualified on age related grounds 10 days earlier had been awarded a wildcard to the prestige event after his runaway success in the Under 15 British Championship. Many of the sports pundits didn't expect Jack to trouble 15 of the sport's top young guns but Jack hadn't read that scrip as he ripped up the form book storming to win his first race on the big track he had never even seen before.
A last place in his second ride suggested maybe the bubble had burst but a stunning win in his 3rd ride suggested a shock could be on the card as Jack closed in on a semi final place that would decide the Grand Final make up with the top two scorers from the heats being joined by the first two home from the semi final.
Jacks 4th ride brought another twist as he was looking good for second place in a race, that was down to 3 riders after a faller early in the race only for Jack to suffer an engine failure on the last lap. Jack jumped off the machine and encouraged by the centre green meeting presenter pushed his bike the last half lap to secure a vital point to rapturous applause from an enthusiastic crowd.
With one ride to go, Jack knew he needed to get a second place and he made a brilliant start but was rounded by the eventual meeting winner and fellow Yorkshireman Josh Bates, but rode confidently and secured his semi final place.
Being the last qualifier Jack was left with the gate the others didn't want and was to start off the inside gate one. Once again Jack showed his ability to handle the pressure for the big occasion and made a super start, and after two laps was in second place but was unable to fend off an outside challenge, and was passed on the third lap, but never gave up and chased all the way to the chequered flag.
A fifth place is a testament to Jacks growing potential and marks Jack out as one of speedways brightest prospects.
Jack still leads the Under 15 British Championship were the penultimate round takes place this coming Sunday at Rye House in Hertfordshire, where a 3rd place will be good enough to see him win his first national title.
Jack is British Champion
Jack claimed his first British title with his fifth consecutive win in the 500cc British Under 16 Championship at Rye House at the weekend.
A feat that has never been achieved before. Jack has previously been runner up in both the 125cc (2011) and 250cc (2014) which makes his current success even more sweeter.
Jack eased through his four qualifying heats with four straight wins being the only unbeaten rider and in the process set the fastest time of the day.
The final got underway with local rider Jack Thomas taking an early lead from Jack, who was soon under pressure from Jamie Halder who charged hard under Jack, has the 3 riders entered the third corner of the first lap the riders all bunched closely together as they entered the first corner on the second lap.
With Jamie Halder still attacking from the inside, Jack was forced to go around Jack Thomas who suddenly locked up in front of him. Jack reacted quickly and laid his bike down rather than plowing into his rival and ended up embedded in the air fence! Fortunately, Jack was unhurt was able to take his place in the rerun, with Jack Thomas excluded for being the primary cause of the stoppage.
The Rerun got under way with no further problems, with Jack taking a comfortable victory and claiming his first British Title.
The final round of the British Championship takes place at Cumbrian track Nothside this coming Saturday, where Jack will be presented his trophy.
But there will be no time for celebrations, as Jack makes the long trip to Mildenhall the following day, to ride for Buxton their last NL fixture.
Jack wins and sets new British Championship record
British Champion Jack, set records tumbling with another unbeaten display, in the final round of The 2015 British Under 16 Championship at Northside in Cumbria at the weekend.
Jack's recording breaking campaign, saw him wins all six rounds which had never been done before, but astonishingly he never dropped a single point to a rival in a race! He finished winning 29 races with an electrical fault causing him to retire in one race at Eastbourne, the only blot on a near perfect campaign.
Jack went out in style setting the fastest time of the day in a meeting, that will be his last in the Youth events.
Jack will still be eligible to defend his new won title next year, but feels the time is right to move up and is ready to begin his attempt to capture the Under 19 British title.
Jack Moves Up
Jack made the move up into the Open Class, in the first round of the 2015 Scunthorpe Amateur Winter Championship at the weekend.
The meeting started and finished in wet conditions, with Jack making bad starts in his first and last ride with very different results.
The Open class fielded a strong line up which featured a number of riders with plenty National league experience, and close some good racing ensued.
Jack missed the gate in his first race, which featured only three riders but quickly moved up into second place and at the end of the 3 rd lap edged his way past pre-meeting favourite Stoke heat leader Danny Phillipsto go on to record a comfortable victory. Jack won his other four rides, to be the only unbeaten rider from the qualifying heat's and set the pace all day recording the fastest time of the day in his 5th ride.
The rain had returned before the final took place, and conditions had got considerably worse.
The final went to form with Danny Phillips Kings Lynn's Josh Bailey and Coventry rider Jamie Halder joining Jack in the final. Some movement at the start appeared unsettle Jack, with Phillips a flying start with Jack back in third place behind Bailey. Jack spent the entire race on Josh's back wheel but couldn't find a way past!
Jack will be looking to pull some points back in the second round which takes place on the 13th December.