Mat Jackson will aim to repeat the kind of results he gained last season when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumes this weekend at Snetterton.
Jackson hit the championship top spot at the Norfolk circuit last year with a strong performance at the wheel of his Ford Focus ST and returns to Snetterton
this season eager to move up the championship standings after a mixed start to the current campaign in terms of championship points.
“Overall we've had a good first half of the season, the car has been competitive and we've been up there challenging for the lead at each round,” he said. “Unfortunately, our results have been marred by a mixture of mistakes on my part, impact from other drivers and engine issues so our position in the standings doesn't really reflect on how competitive the car is.
“We've had some good testing during the break, as have the NGTC cars and things will have moved on for everyone since the last round but we still expect to be challenging for the lead as we have been. We had a good weekend's racing here last year and the car has massively improved since then so hopefully we can look forward to a repeat performance!”
With Liam Griffin missing this weekend, Aron Smith will be at the wheel of the only other Redstone Racing car on track, with the youngster keen to build on the encouraging pace he has displayed thus far in 2012.
“With such a long gap since Croft, it feels like the start of the season once again!” he said, “although, to be fair, it has given me chance to have a bit of a break and refocus on what we need to achieve. Realistically I'd like to start the weekend off in the top ten and see where we can get to from there.
“I had one of my best races ever in the Clio Cup here last year and managed to get some pre-season testing in so hopefully that'll stand me in good stead for the weekend. I'm dying to get back out on track!”