Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson admitted his frustration of missing out on pole position after spinning out of contention during today's 'lottery' qualifying session but draws the positives from remaining third ahead of tomorrow's first British Touring Car race at Donington Park.
Jackson entered the final two minutes of the 30 minute wet-dry showdown sitting on pole position before plunging his Ford Focus into the gravel at the Old Hairpin - incidentally the same corner where his team mate Andrew Jordan also spun off.
MG's Ashley Sutton and Josh Cook punished Jackson's mistake by locking out the front row in the dying seconds of the session but the Motorbase driver held on third
"It was always going to be one of those sessions in those conditions. Slightly frustrated that we didn't hold on but tomorrow's another day. P3 is certainly a good place to start. If we can get a good start we can see what happens in the race," Jackson told Crash.net.
"When it's like that it's always interesting. It's a complete lottery, it really is. Overall, we should be happy with P3."
Looking ahead to tomorrow's three races, Jackson is brimming with confidence over the potential of his Motorbase Ford, in race trim.
Jackson was a common feature at the top of the times during qualifying as the track evolved from wet to dry.
"I think our race pace is massively strong. If we can get through the first few laps I'm pretty confident we can be in the mix," Jackson continued.
"In the rain we were P1 and in the dry we were P1. I think we've got the pace in the car, it feels very good. Tomorrow's a different day so we'll see what happens."