British Touring Car Championship racer Mat Jackson will contest the British GT this season for Motorbase Aston Martin after his tin-top campaign was curtailed last week.

The 2008 BTCC runner-up was set for another full season in the series but David Bartrum's team have run into financial difficulties, meaning he has had to pull the two-car team out of the first half of the season.

Jackson has now switched to race with Phil Dryburgh in a third Motorbase Aston Martin V12 Vantage at the British GT season opener at Oulton Park on the 6th April.

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The 33-year-old, who finished fourth in the BTCC drivers' standings last season, has already enjoyed one test at the Cheshire track and was delighted by the experience.

"I am really excited about this because the cars are amazing. I am still smiling after my first test," Jackson said. "It might take a little time to adapt, because it is a completely different technique of driving.

"I have done lots of mileage in supercars because I work as a tester for McLaren's road cars, but racing GTs requires a different mindset. I have to learn to work as part of a team and not be selfish, like you are in the BTCC."

The Briton's full season plans are still unclear and Jackson hasn't confirmed whether he will contest a full British BT season or return to BTCC has originally expected. The Motorbase Performance BTCC squad is aiming for a return at the Snetterton round in August.

Despite the potential clash of competitions, Jackson feels it would be a positive step to increase and diversify his racing options.

"Every driver wants a manufacturer deal and those simply don't exist in the BTCC anymore, but there are chances in sportscars," he explained. "I would love to expand the programme and race all over the world, but that it not on the radar at the moment."