Mat Jackson is confident of fighting for more British Touring Car Championship pole positions and wins this season following the encouraging performance shown from the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST at Rockingham.

Jackson made a long awaited return to the top step of the podium after converting Motorbase's maiden BTCC pole position into a faultless first win since Silverstone 2014.

That meant the 34-year old had to run with 75 kilos of success ballast for the first time this season during race two but it didn't stop Jackson from clinching second position behind Honda's Gordon Shedden.

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Jackson feels claiming second in race two, with full ballast, vindicates the Motorbase Ford's position as a genuine contender for more success this season.

"Winning race one meant we gained 75 kilos of success ballast but race two was equally as good," Jackson told crash.net. "We started in P3 and we got to second despite running maximum ballast for the time. The car proved to be a strong package so I'm massively happy with that.

"I thought running that amount of ballast around here [Rockingham] would really hurt us. Yes it did hurt us but the Honda, which we can benchmark off, wasn't completely up the road and gone. It was only a couple of tenths per lap. That's very promising."

Jackson - since returning at Snetterton - has been the highest points scorer of the championship during the last three rounds but concedes his position of not having to run any performance ballast until race two has, undoubtedly, helped his cause.

"It's frustrating and it would be great to be in the thick of the title hunt. But what you've got to remember is that we're in a very good position because we don't have any ballast," Jackson continued.

"Yes, we've hit the ground running and, to be honest, we should be where we are and so would the other guys if they didn't have the ballast.

"We're in a fortunate position but we're not in the championship hunt. We're gaining more knowledge that we can take away from Rockingham and hopefully put it into good use at Silverstone where we need to strike back.

"We need to be challenging for poles. Obviously we go there with a very light car, which is good for us so pole position is what we need to be aiming for."