BTCC: Knockhill Racing Circuit: Jackson: Race two win is mega

Mat Jackson: The car seems to be in a good window at the moment so hopefully we'll move forward again at Rockingham.
Mat Jackson says he is hungry for more BTCC race victories after putting an end to his Airwaves Racing's squad recent barren spell at Knockhill.

While running the softer Dunlop compound in race two, Jackson galloped away from the challenge of MG's Jason Plato after capitalising on Honda's misfortunes to comfortably end a near two-year winless streak for both himself and his Motorbase team.

Jackson believes he and his Airwaves squad now find themselves within a window where they can challenge for more race victories with their Focus ST machine.

The 33-year olds victory also elevates him up into sixth in the standings over 100-points clear of his double championship-winning teammate Fabrizio Giovanardi, who currently languishes in 13th.

“We've had a bit of a lean spell and come very close a number of times so to finally round it off with a win in race two, and a convincing win at that, is mega,” said Jackson. “Overall we're very happy. The team have done an awesome job with the car; it's been fantastic all weekend.

“I'm very much looking forward to getting to Rockingham and getting back into the top 4 of the championship. We're close now, we've just got to be consistent and keep plugging away.

“The car seems to be in a good window at the moment so hopefully we'll move forward again at Rockingham and be in a good place for more wins. That's what we've got to target now.”

His teammate Giovanardi, in contrast, had a disappointing weekend and when again finding himself in a potential race winning position, the former double-champions race three fell apart amid another retirement.

Qualifying in 19th, the Italian found himself out of position during the opening two races, but having clawed his way to 9th in race two, the BTCC legend found himself starting second behind BMW's Nick Foster.

Despite a strong start in the final race Giovanardi's challenge, after failing to get past Foster, began to unravel when AmD's Dave Newsham robustly demoted the Airwaves Focus to third before falling further out of contention on the harder tyre.

“I think I was in the wrong position on the wrong tyres for the last race, with everyone around me on the soft tyre,” said Giovanardi.

“I had a good start to the race and was trying to overtake Foster but then Collard came inside quite hard at the hairpin and made big contact. After that moment I really found it difficult to stop the cars coming through.

“So after that I don't know if we had a problem with the car, but the other cars were just overtaking me so easily. Then Matt Neal hit my rear wheel and it was game over. It was a very hard last race.”

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