Mat Jackson has moved into the top four in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship standings following a strong weekend at Knockhill which saw the BMW Dealer Team UK man achieve his aim of three solid points finishes.
Jackson also enjoyed a strong weekend in his quest to secure the Independents' title as he outscored fellow BMW driver Colin Turkington during the three races to close the gap to the Team RAC man heading to the penultimate round of the year at Silverstone.
Jackson qualified in seventh place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend and brought his car home in sixth place after a race long battle with Turkington for fifth place and the Independent win. The roles were then reversed in race two as Jackson found himself defending fifth from Turkington, having earlier run as high as fourth before losing position to local driver Gordon Shedden.
Having taken sixth and fifth in the first two races, Jackson then went one better in the final race as he avoided the melee ahead of him to finish just shy of the podium, taking valuable points out of Turkington who finished outside the top ten.
“It's always tough racing here, there is very little room to make a move,” he said. “We had an excellent start in the second race which served us well but I was behind Gordon, who knows this place like the back of his hand, he was backing me up and I was also really conscious of the guys behind me and I didn't want to get in any trouble with another race to go.
“The final race saw most of the action and I just made sure I had a clean race and not get too mixed up in it all which at the end of the day paid off. We are in a strong position ahead of Silverstone and the team are already looking forward to racing there.”
Team principal Tony Jackson admitted he was happy with how he weekend had panned out, saying that a clear message had been sent to the Independents' title race rivals that the fight is very much on.
“Mat did a good job today and kept himself out of trouble and as a team we achieved all our objectives,” he said. “It was also good to send out a clear message with our Independents' that we are still very much in the running.”