Mat Jackson says that overhauling Colin Turkington for third overall in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship standings is a realistic goal after out-qualifying his fellow BMW driver at Brands Hatch.
BMW Dealer Team UK ace Jackson goes into the weekend three points behind Turkington in the overall standings and also has a chance to take the Independents' title away from his Team RAC rival – although Turkington currently holds a 22 point advantage going into the final three races of the campaign.
Turkington had the edge in the two free practice sessions around the short Indy circuit at the Kent venue, although there was little to choose between the pair in either. Indeed in the opening 40 minute session of the weekend, just 0.034secs separated the two BMW drivers.
However, in qualifying, Jackson was able to jump to provisional pole with a lap of 49.359secs despite completing only eleven laps – fewer than any of the 19 drivers able to post a time during the session.
Just as it looked like Jackson was set for pole however, Turkington's Team RAC team-mate Stephen Jelley stormed to his first pole, although Jackson remains well placed in second place.
“I knew we weren't suddenly going to get knocked back to tenth or anything like that, and we'd have been happy with somewhere in the top six,” he said. “We're ahead of Colin, but Stephen isn't going to do us any favours.
“Third overall is a realistic goal for us. To take the Indy title, we really need Colin to have some bad luck. If that was to happen, third will fall our way anyway.”