HENLEY-IN-ARDEN racer Mat Jackson is determined to make Silverstone another ‘happy hunting ground’ to move closer to clinching the Independent Drivers’ crown in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The ‘Home of British Motorsport’ hosts the penultimate round of the series this weekend, with rounds 25, 26 and 27 on Sunday.
Jackson is still firmly in the running for the Independent Drivers’ title after a strong showing at Rockingham last time out when the 36-year-old secured his third podium and sixth Independent win of the season so far.
Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO, run by Motorbase, also has a nine-point lead at the top of the Independent Teams’ standings.
Historically, the National circuit layout at Silverstone has delivered some memorable victories for the Wrotham-based Motorbase outfit. Marking its sixth win of season here in 2016, the team also celebrated the most successful results in its BTCC history in 2015 – with Jackson setting a new qualifying lap record before going on to secure pole for all three races and adding yet another new race lap record and outright win in the Focus ST.
“Silverstone has always been a happy hunting ground for us,” said Jackson. “The layout suits the Ford and it’s a place that I really enjoy racing on.
“We have a had a challenging season so far and with Silverstone being the penultimate race meeting, I am hoping that we can go out with a bang!”
Team-mates Martin Depper and Rory Butcher both have pivotal roles to play in the weekend’s proceedings as the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO team looks to increase its Independent advantage and defend its Teams’ title. Both drivers have shown that they are capable of breaking into the fiercely contested top ten at previous meetings and will be eager to add to their respective points tally on Sunday.