Mat Jackson focussing on Oulton Park ‘turnaround’


Credit: Matt Sayle
Credit: Matt Sayle

Mat Jackson is looking to the upcoming Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship round at Oulton Park to be the turning point in the season for the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO team.

Jackson is currently fourteenth in the overall drivers championship as the series enters its fourth round and is looking to build on his double score of points at Thruxton

“Oulton is a great circuit and one of my all-time favourites.” said Jackson. “We’ve had some good results there in the past and hopefully this weekend will be the turning point in our season.”

“The car is in the window, we just need an incident free weekend to bank some much needed points and get our championship back on track.”

Team Manager Oly Collins echoed Jackson’s thoughts on the Cheshire circuit and revealed that the team have been working hard since the last round at Thruxton. “The entire Motorbase crew have worked extremely hard during the short two week turnaround to ensure that the two cars that unfortunately suffered significant damage at Thruxton are ready to go this weekend.

“We’ve also made some further improvements in readiness for Oulton Park and we’ll keep pushing to ensure that we’re at the top of our game;” Collins added. “The BTCC is arguably the most competitive it’s ever been this year and by its very nature is never stands still – which means we can’t afford to either!”

Credit: Matt Sayle
Credit: Matt Sayle

Jackson’s team-mate Luke Davenport is looking for a clean weekend as he continues to get to grips with the BTCC after a switch from sportscars. “We need to keep moving forward this weekend.” said Davenport. “I know that it’s a tough rookie season to come into the championship but hopefully people are now starting to see flashes of my competitiveness.

“I love Oulton Park. I took my first win, first lap record and first pole there. My aim is to hit the points finishes this weekend, all my focus is going to be on trying to run closer to the front and to show people what I can do.”

Martin Depper who drives the third Ford Focus ST for the team added, “I’m hoping that we can come out of the box where we want to start in FP1 this weekend and fine tune the car to work well from there. I don’t think we’re far away, we just need to break the run of bad luck that we’ve had so far.”