Airwaves Racing team manager Olly Collins says that his team's weekend in the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill was “certainly one to forget”. Driver Mat Jackson arrived in Scotland leading the drivers' championship but suffered a disastrous weekend.
After qualifying seventh with maximum success ballast, Jackson was closing on the lead pack when contact from Rob Collard caused a puncture, forcing him to pit. He rejoined the race to finish in 17th. Jackson was forced to retire from the final two races, due to a damaged wheel in the second and a heavy collision with the rear of Tom Chilton's car in the third.
Teammate Liam Griffin suffered from non-finishes in the first two races due to mechanical and electrical faults, but finished a solid 16th in the final race of the day.
“What a weekend,” said Collins. “That's certainly one to forget. To start the day leading the title and come away with one solitary point for fastest lap is not what we expected. It was just one of those days I suppose. On a positive we were very happy with the pace of Mat's car all weekend even with 45Kgs, proven with fastest lap in race 2. Roll on Rockingham.”
Jackson said: “I've never known bad luck like this in all my years of racing. The Airwaves team put out a fantastic car this weekend; unfortunately we couldn't deliver the race results that the pace of the car was capable of. My mistake in race three put an end to our chances of salvaging a result after showing how strong it was coming from last place on the grid, but it's done and we've got to look forward to Rockingham now.”
“I really like the final three circuits on the calendar and have had wins at all of them before and its wins I really need from now on. The grid is becoming more and more competitive all the time so it will be tough but I know I'm in the right car and with the right team to get the job done.”
Griffin added: “I think it's fair to say that the weekend was a disappointment for everyone in the team. We fully expected Knockhill to be tough but no-one anticipated it would go as badly as it did. We had issues with my car for each of the first races that were totally unpredictable, but the boys did well to get me back out for the third race and I was fairly satisfied to come in where I did at 16th from the back of the grid.”