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Jackson ready to reignite BTCC championship push at Brands Hatch

Wednesday, September 28 2011

Airwaves Racing's Mat Jackson refuses to rule himself out of this year's Dunlop British Touring Car Championship and a dose of luck is required to reignite his title hopes at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The Henley-on-Arden racer has picked up four wins this season including a victory at the Snetterton 300 in August and was leading the drivers' championship when the series headed to Knockhill last month. However, his title ambitions have faded somewhat after failing to pick up a single point from the last two rounds at Knockhill and Rockingham, something he wishes to correct.

Despite the frustrations of the previous two meetings, Jackson, who drives for the local Wrotham-based Motorbase Performance team, is desperate to perform at the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend. The 30-year-old, who remains a strong prospect for the Independent Drivers' Championship, believes his overall championship hopes are not over just yet.        

He said: "The championship is a long shot but for arguments sake if I pick up three wins then the 45 points would put me back in the mix. Its going to be very hard to get back in the title race as my chance has 99% gone but you never know what is around the corner and one of my rivals could have results something similar to me in the last two rounds. To be honest I haven't looked at the Independents championship standings it would be good to win it, but my focus is on the main championship.

"I think the way things have gone in the last two rounds has been frustrating but we have got to treat it as a fresh start this weekend at Brands Hatch. The championship lead has obviously gone and so has the success ballast, so we will have to see what we can do and focus on picking up wins."

For Jackson, the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit holds a wealth of joyous memories after taking victory last year behind the wheel of the Motorbase Performance BMW. The multiple BTCC race winner is a fan of the 2.3 mile Grand Prix circuit and is eager to do battle to repay the hard work he and his team have produced throughout a season, where Airwaves Racing have shown they are more than capable of mixing it with the works teams.         

 "I'm really looking forward to it. Brands Hatch is one of the most challenging circuits in the UK and it has been a good circuit for me, as I had a win there last year in the BMW", Jackson added. "Everyone has worked very hard over the last three or four weeks and we haven't got the results we deserve."

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