Triple Eight's rising star James Nash will take a significant seventeen point lead over rival Mat Jackson in the Independent Driver's standings into the final round of 2011 British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.
In race one of the penultimate weekend of the season at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, Nash took an impressive third place podium finish in the final race of the day. This was a strong result to add to his fourth and sixth place finish at races one and two respectively.
“The race three result was good for the whole team. We'd struggled until then for most of the day actually so it was nice way to end the day. Silverstone promises to be exciting and while it's obviously good to be leading the independents in all honesty whatever the points lead is it can never be enough really.”
BTCC debutant Ollie Jackson made a good first impression in the teams second Vauxhall Vectra, taking two 18th position finishes and a very impressive P11 in the days final race – only just missing out on a championship point.
“We had good pace yesterday in practice so I know that the potential is there to be higher up the grid. Unfortunately, the opening laps hurt me and each race was a fight-back but we brought the car home each time in one piece, which is good,” he said. “The whole weekend has been a great experience. Racing in the BTCC is everything I thought it was going to be. It's a real challenge and I'm already really looking forward to the next race at Silverstone.”
Team Chairman Ian Harrison commended Jackson's performance saying, “Ollie had a bit of a baptism and Brands Hatch isn't the easiest of circuits on which to make your touring car debut. He did well and improved through the day. He's got to work though on those first 5 laps but we will help him with that. I'm sure his head is spinning at the moment. He's learnt a lot today and together we'll get him further up the track at Silverstone.”