Mat Jackson Wins Crash-Strewn Second Race At Snetterton


Mat Jackson emerged victorious in a chaotic second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Snetterton, one that was briefly halted by a multi-car accident.

Jackson’s Ford Focus had made it into the lead of the race prior to the red flag after a lunge on Turkington heading into Wilson’s, the Motorbase Performance man having disposed of Gordon Shedden as the lights went out.

The race was brought to an early halt at the end of lap one however, following a chaotic first tour of the Norfolk circuit. Warren Scott spun his Silverline Subaru Team BMR Levorg heading through the opening corner, Kelvin Fletcher‘s Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze heading into the scenery after contact with Aron Smith during his avoiding action.

Further carnage occurred on the Bentley Straight when Ollie Jackson and Dan Welch were both spat both into the barriers, while Ashley Sutton‘s MG and Hunter Abbott‘s Chevrolet were also collected along with Alex Martin and Stewart Lines.

A 10-lap encounter followed with Turkington promoted back to pole position as the field reformed in grid order, minus Jack Goff‘s BMW 125i which pulled off on the parade lap in similar fashion to the Subaru of James Cole on the first attempt.

On the restart, Jackson again disposed of Shedden’s Honda at the start, easing his way by Turkington exiting the Agostini hairpin to grab the lead of the race.

Lap two saw Shedden and Adam Morgan come to blows on two occasions at Wilson’s and Agostini, the Honda slipping to seventh while Morgan inherited third ahead of Matt Neal‘s Halfords Honda. The lap also saw Warren Scott elbow Andrew Jordan wide entering the Bentley Straight, Jordan falling to 14th.

Jackson and Turkington swiftly made their break up front, the former claiming his third win of the season ahead of the Subaru of Turkington by 1.1s.

Neal made his move on Morgan stick on lap five at Agostini hairpin for third, but a charging Rob Collard was on their tail. Having started 16th on the grid, the ballast-free West Surrey Racing BMW 125i was up to fifth by lap five and soon dispatched Morgan’s Mercedes A-Class for fourth at Hamiltons Bend a lap later.

Collard turned his attentions to Neal on lap eight, moving inside him at Hamiltons. The Honda Civic held on despite a trip over the grass to come back inside the BMW a corner later, battle resuming until the flag which was seen first by Neal to seal the final place on the podium.

Fifth went to Morgan ahead of Jason Plato‘s Subaru, the top 10 rounded out by Tom Ingram (Toyota), Sam Tordoff (BMW), Rob Austin (Toyota) and Shedden.