Thruxton: 'Brilliant win' atones tough day for Jackson

Mat Jackson: Thruxton is just one of those places where we can't predict anything. Tyres are the key so to come away with the win is brilliant.
Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson said he felt confident his race three victory was on the cards after moving himself into contention in reverse grid draw following the second British Touring Car race at Thruxton.

Up until the Thruxton finale, Jackson's race-day hadn't gone according to plan having suffered a puncture during the first encounter. But the Motorbase driver managed to fight his way back up the order to eighth, leaving him nicely poised to pounce in finale.

Jackson's second win of 2016 also puts him within 11-points of the championship lead, currently jointly held by Honda's Matt Neal and West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard.

"I think once we got the reverse grid in race two I felt like we could go out there and deliver," Jackson told "It's a shame really because the car has been good. Race one was frustrating. We were doing what we needed to and then obviously to go out with what we did was frustrating.

"Thruxton is just one of those places where we can't predict anything. Tyres are the key so to come away with the win is brilliant.

"It's been a tough day really. We needed to come through because we needed those points to win. We knew if I could beat Dan [Welch] off the line and get a gap we might be able to get away and that's how it panned out."

Once Jackson shook the attentions of the resurgent Daniel Welch, the Motorbase Ford driver had to then cover the charge from the chasing Honda Civic Type-R of Neal.

While Neal managed slash Jackson's lead to little over 0.2's as the pair crossed the line, the now 28-time winner insisted that was all part of the master-plan as tyre management became the order of the weekend.

"The guys informed me that Matt [Neal] was on his way coming through the field. Once he did I dropped the hammer to keep him at bay. It was one of the easier wins of the season," Jackson continued.

"I think they [Honda] have got the legs on us. It's a very quick car but we were controlling the pace so it was pointless risking going out of another race when you've got a 2-3 second lead. We did enough just at the right time.

"It's just pure tyre management. If you can give it lap where you're not on it, you effectively get a lap back in return."

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Mat Jackson (GBR) Motorbase Performance Ford Focus
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