Mat Jackson says he is looking to try and break into the top three in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship standings as he heads to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the year.

The BMW Dealer Team UK man currently lies fourth in the standings but is only five points behind fellow BMW man Colin Turkington with just six races left to run this season.

Jackson is already well placed to improve on his seventh place finish in last year's championship standings and while he will now hope to secure his place in the top three, the BMW ace admitted he was also focused on trying to overhaul Turkington for the Independents' title.

"Personally, I want to end up in the top three in the outright championship," he told the official series website. "It makes it harder fighting for two championships but we've got to be mindful of the Independents. I've not set myself any specific goals for Silverstone - at this stage of the season, it's a case of seeing where we are race by race from here on in, not meeting by meeting.

"I'm certainly not nervous at all. I'm probably more relaxed now than at any stage of the season. The plan is to just go for it - we've got it to win and Colin's got it to lose. He'll be watching us more than we are watching him."

However, Jackson admitted that Silverstone wouldn't be an easy weekend for his team, with the BMW having not raced at the venue in the past - thereby leaving the team devoid of any data with which to start the weekend.

"Silverstone might be tricky because the S2000-spec cars like the BMWs haven't raced there before, whereas the Jordans' Hondas have," he said. "Adam [Jones] has dropped back a bit in the Independents standings but you still can't rule him out. He's a very aggressive driver, mathematically it's still possible for him - look how it swung in Colin's favour in last year's season finale at Thruxton - and he's been a pretty consistent finisher in the Independent ranks.

"The other factor to take into consideration is that we are entering the final stages of the season, people might be that bit more desperate to score points and there could be the odd tap here and there and a few scores being settled.

"Just so long as I keep up the pressure on Colin going to Brands Hatch. We had a very strong car there in March and I'd expect us to be very strong there again next month."


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