HENLEY-IN-ARDEN racer Mat Jackson finished a frustrating season with his seventh Independent class win in an action-packed finale to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
However, the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO squad missed out on any chance to retain their Independents’ title in the final races at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Jackson, who had been in P15 after qualifying, was denied a place on the podium in race one in the No 3 Ford Focus ST, taking fourth place after an epic charge through the field.
Jackson was up to fifth by the third tour of the circuit. Setting his sights on Evesham driver Rob Austin’s Toyota, the 36-year-old timed his move perfectly to steal in P4 on the next lap. Unfortunately the gap to the lead pack was too great for Jackson to close in on, and he crossed the line in fourth place.
But another masterclass performance from Jackson almost produced off the fairy-tale ending in race two as he moved past Andrew Sutton and Tom Ingram to move into second place.
Closing in on Aiden Moffat as the pair duelled for the race lead, Jackson came under increasing pressure form the fast-charging Hondas and eventually had to concede two places to end the race in P4 – recording his seventh Independent win of the season.
Jackson started the final race in seventh place, and that was where he finished after an eventful finale. He has surged through to third on lap two but he was pushed onto the grass by Ingram and then swerved back onto the track to make contact with title contender Colin Turkington.
Jackson’s team-mate Rory Butcher was 24th, 21st and 12th in his races and Team Shredded Wheat colleague Martin Depper was 21st, 27th and 23rd.
After a challenging year, the Motorbase-run Team Shredded Wheat ended the BTCC season in sixth place overall in the Teams Championship and third in the Independent Teams’ standings. Jackson took eighth place in the overall Drivers’ Championship and third in the Independent Drivers’ Trophy.
More reaction in this week’s Herald.