Jack­son closes on LMP3 deal af­ter test

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BRDC For­mula 4 ace Tom Jack­son is clos­ing on a deal to join the LMP3 class of the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries this year af­ter a test with Graff Rac­ing.

Jack­son, who was third in last year’s BRDC F4 points with Chris Dittmann Rac­ing, joined the French team for a two-day test at Paul Ri­card last week. He han­dled its Ligier JS P3 chas­sis as he aims for a move into sportscar rac­ing.

“The Ligier was just amaz­ing. It’s hard to de­scribe how good it felt,” said Jack­son, from Maid­stone. “It had a lot more power than the F4 car and I had to make changes to the way I drove in terms of throt­tle ap­pli­ca­tion as I was get­ting wheel­spin out of some of the tighter turns.

“By far the most im­pres­sive thing was the han­dling though. De­spite the car be­ing heav­ier than a sin­gle-seater it was so re­spon­sive. Tiny move­ments on the wheel made it re­spond.

“When I first started rac­ing my aim was al­ways to com­pete at Le Mans. Sam Hignett from Jota Sport ad­vised me to do sin­gle-seaters for ex­pe­ri­ence and I have that now. LMP2 teams look for F3 ex­pe­ri­ence, but that costs a for­tune and LMP3 is the per­fect middle step.”

Jack­son said he was in talks with Graff and other teams over putting a race deal to­gether.

Jack­son ran with Graff team

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