6 August 2014
Jackson: It’s effectively a one-make championship
Mat Jackson: From where I'm sat the racing looks quite stale. It's just so hard to race, you can sit in somebody's slipstream and it makes no difference.
Airwaves Racing's Mat Jackson has called on organisers of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship to consider changes to the regulations in order to spice up the action after branding the current racing as 'a bit stale'.
One of the more experienced BTCC racers on the grid, Jackson enjoyed a strong weekend last time out at Snetterton, culminating in a run to second place during the final reverse grid race of the day.
However, while Jackson was pleased with the result in isolation, he says there was little opportunity to get the better of eventual race winner Aron Smith in the BMR Volkswagen CC because of his evident straight-line speed advantage.
“We achieved the best with what we have,” Jackson told Crash.net. “We haven't got a car that's on the same level as the BMR car. The straight-line speed in that is there for everyone to see.
“Unfortunately we can't make it go any faster down the straight. Aron drove a clever race; he backed me up and knew where his advantage was in a straight-line. Overall, on lap-time, we were quicker, but once you get on the back of somebody, like an elastic band effect, you can't touch them. That's what's more frustrating really and we're in a position where the regulations are not allowing us to fight on equal terms.”
Indeed, Jackson feels that the identical nature in which the cars are being regulated now has led to it becoming an effective 'one make championship', something which Jackson believes is distorting the on-track action.
“With the way that the cars have gone now, we've effectively got a one-make championship,” Jackson explains. “OK, the shapes are the same but the wheelbase, width, differential, dampers and brakes of the cars are exactly the same. We've got what we've got.
“It is hard because we're trying to find an advantage when everyone has got the same opportunity. It makes it frustrating as well because MG and BMW, this weekend, have clearly found something.
“We're in the third year of the turbo era and every year they halve the gap in boost variation, which we have. From where I'm sat the racing looks quite stale. It's just so hard to race, you can sit in somebody's slipstream and it makes no difference.”
Despite this, Jackson is confident organisers won't ignore his feelings in order to preserve the series' reputation for exciting on-track action
“They'll sort it, this is the BTCC and nothing stands still and the regulations are always moving. They do a great job in organising the races but we just want more proper overtaking.”
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