BMW Dealer Team UK driver Mat Jackson said he is confident of achieving his aim of three solid points finishes from the latest rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill after qualifying seventh on the grid in Scotland.
Jackson had started the day with the eighth quickest time in the opening free practice session of the weekend but improved on that performance in second practice to go fourth quickest.
Although he improved on his time in qualifying, Jackson was only able to post the eighth quickest time, which will see him start seventh once Tom Chilton's six-place grid penalty is taken into account.
With times being close throughout the day, Jackson's best time of 53.481secs was only 0.007secs away from a place on the second row of the grid but he said he remained confident going into race day.
“There is little room for error out there,” he said. “The times are really tight, as is the track! We have a good set-up on the car and know we have a strong race pace, we just need to find the space as overtaking is generally confined to the hairpin. However, I'm confident of a good point scoring round.”
Team principal Tony Jackson admitted that an exciting race day lies ahead at the Scottish venue, with his son focused on trying to get the advantage over Colin Turkington in the Independents' points race.
“Qualifying demonstrated the challenging nature of this circuit and with such close times, the fans should be in for a treat in the opening race,” he said. “We are looking forward taking the challenge to Turkington for the Independent's title.”