Silverstone: Jackson: All we can do is attack

Mat Jackson says the onus lays firmly on BTCC points leader Sam Tordoff as the Motorbase Performance driver plans to unleash 'maximum attack' at the Brands Hatch finale.
Mat Jackson says the onus lays firmly on the British Touring Car Championship points leader Sam Tordoff as the Motorbase Performance driver plans to unleash 'maximum attack' at the Brands Hatch finale.

The Ford Focus ST driver bounced back from a disappointing qualifying run at the penultimate Silverstone meeting to close back in on West Surrey Racing's Tordoff to the tune of 21-points.

Jackson's weekend had looked in tatters and a 17th place finish in race on hardly helped his cause. But the 35-year old hit back during the following race to finish a strong sixth before ending his day on the podium in second.

The Motorbase driver managed to fend off Rob Collard for second but admitted catching the soft tyre running Honda Civic Type-R of Gordon Shedden would have been a bridge too far.

"Obviously qualifying and race one wasn't good but we managed to reverse the weekend around. It's kept us in there and we've closed the gap on Sam [Tordoff] so we're still in the mix," Jackson said.

"We had a few with issues with the car, which we managed to resolve. But that made it hard trying to come through around a circuit like this. The weight and the soft tyres made it really hard.

"As the day went on, everyone learned a lot about the soft tyre. I think that ultimately helped Gordon [Shedden]. We weren't going to catch him so it was just a case of looking at Collard and seeing where he was stronger."

Heading to the Brands GP finale in sixth position, Jackson will carry 39 kilos of success ballast, something which the Ford runner believes can enhance his attack in comparison to the runners ahead of him in the title race.

Along with reigning champion Shedden, Jackson has won more races than anyone else this season but has also suffered from six non-points finishes.

"If it goes our way, it goes our way. It's out of our hands. It's in the hands of Tordoff. If he wins we're all out of it so all we can do is attack," Jackson continued.

"I think we're in a good position. We go in there with less weight. The less weight you have puts you in a better position. It's all very tight. I'm 21-points off – it's a win. As you've seen [at Silverstone], Tordoff and Neal had a bit of a shocker. It can all change.

"We'll go there with maximum attack and we'll see what can happen.

"We've had five zero scores and we're still there with a chance. That sums up the championship. It says a lot of other people who've had a lot of bad results, and they're still in the mix."

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Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
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