Mat Jackson ended a weekend of highs and lows at Silverstone on the ultimate high with a third victory of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The BMW Dealer Team UK driver, looking to try and secure third in the overall standings and take the Independents' title from the grasp of Colin Turkington, suffered a tough start to the weekend when he was only able to qualify down in 14th place.
However, Jackson was one of the drivers to revel in the wet conditions that hit the Northamptonshire circuit on race day and quickly battled his way into the top ten in the opening race of the weekend.
His BMW was soon dicing for position with Darren Turner for second place and having found a way through, he closed in on Jason Plato before taking the flag in second place.
Jackson blasted into the lead of race two despite being squeezed towards the pit wall by Plato when the lights went out, although the SEAT found a way past into the lead on lap two. Forced with by defending champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, Jackson slipped down the order and then suffered a spin at Luffield on lap ten, where he was collected by Tom Chilton's Honda.
Despite heavy damage to the car, Jackson continued to the finish to secure 13th place and it proved to be a wise move as, from 13th on the grid, he stormed through the pack for the second time on race day, going one place better than in race one to take his third victory of the season.
“What a fantastic result for everyone in the team; to get a second and a win, it was just a shame about the second race,” he said. “I knew the final race was going to be a tough one but as the track dried it hurt the front-wheel drive cars more while the rear-wheel drive of the BMW came into its own. I am looking forward to Brands now, it's a good track for us and hopefully we can clinch that third place in the championship once and for all.
“It's going to be difficult and will probably require some luck on my part. I'd never wish it on Colin, but if he was to suffer just one bad result – like I had yesterday – and I had a clean run in all three races then who knows. All I can do is keep up the pressure. It's great that we can give the fans added excitement.”
Jackson will go to Brands Hatch just three points behind Turkington in the overall standings, and 22 points behind in the Indy title race.