MAT Jackson admits his Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO squad have a ‘mountain to climb’ to end the season with a Dunlop British Touring Car Championship celebration this weekend.
A hugely frustrating penultimate meeting at Silverstone has left the Kent-based outfit trailing the Independents’ Team titlepacesetters by 20 points for the final three rounds of the season at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
With Henley-in-Arden racer Jackson having seen his Independent Driver’s Title hopes evaporate, all the focus is on the team standings.
But he is confident the Motorbase-run team – Jackson, Martin Depper and Rory Butcher – have the pace in their Ford Focus ST cars to push all the way for wins and podiums to try to retain their title.
“We had great pace at Silverstone, but unfortunately we didn’t really get the chance to put it to good use,” said Jackson, who was twice shunted off the track two weeks ago.
“Hopefully we can carry that pace into this weekend, stay out of trouble and convert it into points and wins. We have an excellent winning record on the GP circuit, and nothing to lose so it’s all out about hunting down as many wins as possible on Sunday.
“The pressure is on the other guys really; we have a bit of a mountain to climb being 20 points behind Speedworks. The title is theirs to lose, but the final round always throws up some drama so it should be great end to the season for the fans.”
With the Motorbase Performance workshop less than five minutes away from the world-famous circuit, Brands Hatch is a firm favourite of the squad. Motorbase has celebrated many successes at its home circuit over the years, and with Jackson taking three wins from the last six races on the GP loop, hopes are high for more silverware this weekend.
“We’re coming into Brands confident of our pace,” said team manager Oly Collins. “We’ve shown the car is quick during second half of the season but we’ve not quite got the results we feel we deserve.
“Mat has a great record on the GP loop and we have a title to defend so it’s time to end the season on a high. There isn’t any pressure on the drivers or the team heading into the weekend, we’ll just be going out there to win races.”