Jackson closes on LMP3 deal after test
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.