HENLEY'S Mat Jackson made a spectacular return to the podium last weekend, collecting two independent race wins and podiums in two races at Brands Hatch during an action-packed finale to the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
A frenetic opening race in torrential conditions set the scene for the day.
Race 2 looked set to deliver a stunning set of results and was Jackson’s time to shine as the 32-year-old pulled out another of his show-stopping wet race runs to secure another independent race win for the Airwaves Racing squad and a return to the podium with P3 finish.
With the 2013 championship title still undecided heading into the final race of the season, cool heads were required all round to secure a good final result for the squad in the driving rain.
The reverse grid results did little to affect the Airwaves Racing running order, with Jackson trading places to P5. The weekend’s spoils proved to be Jackson’s once more with another first-rate wet race performance. He drove impeccably to cross the line in P3, claiming his second podium of the day.
The weekend’s strong home track results sees the Motorbase-run outfit end the challenging season on a high note; with the Airwaves Racing squad bringing 2013 events to a close placed third overall in the Independent teams standings.
Airwaves Racing Team Manager Oly Collins said: That’s a great way for us to end this season. The weekend has summed up our season really in two days really; a pretty tough first-half but with promise and a great second half with plenty of silverware!
“Also, we’d like to congratulate Andy Jordan and Eurotech/Pirtek Racing on winning the overall and Independents titles.”
Jackson said: “To go to Brands Hatch, Motorbase’s home circuit and go out on a high with two third places and two podiums, is a great testament to everyone in the team that has worked so hard in what has been a difficult year to achieve the results that we have.
“It proves Airwaves Racing have turned a corner from the mid-point; we’ve been regularly back on the podium and we’re back where we should be — back fighting for podium places and that’s championship winning material if we can keep doing that.”
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