Having celebrated his return to the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship with a win at Thruxton, Mat Jackson has now revealed that he will join Jason Plato under the Racing Silverline banner for this weekend's meeting at Donington Park.
Jackson competed in his first BTCC event of the year at Thruxton after securing a deal to run in an RML Chevrolet Lacetti and his car will now carry backing from Silverline at Donington as the team – still run by RML – puts together one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid
“It's a great chance in what is still only my third season in the BTCC,” Jackson told BTCC.net
. “Jason is one of the BTCC's all-time great names. I'd love to go on and emulate what he has achieved in the BTCC this past decade or so. He's the perfect team-mate to have.
“One of the beauties of the BTCC is that team-mates can go out and try and beat one another so that will only spur us on further. It's a friendly rivalry that we'll enjoy. Chiefly, though, we're now fighting 100 per cent for the same cause so that can only help to progress development as well.”
Jackson's win at Thruxton came after Plato took victory in the final race at Brands Hatch, and Jackson said he was sure that the Lacetti would again be a strong package at Donington.
“OK, the car hasn't raced at Donington but it's going to be the same everywhere,” he said. “I feel as though I'll be starting on the front foot this time, though. I don't think the Chevrolet will be a million miles off at Donington – it's certainly not going to be its weakest circuit.
“It's got a very good engine and chassis and much of the lap is spent keeping up momentum through a sequence of medium to high-speed bends so that should play to the car's strengths.
“Also, I now have a race weekend under my belt working with the RML engineers and mechanics so it should be easier to go forward with developments. Hopefully that will get us closer to the front in qualifying and put us in a position to challenge for wins and podiums from the off.”