Airwaves Racing are set for the biggest battle of their BTCC history this weekend at Silverstone, as the Kent based team tries to push Mat Jackson to the championship title in both overall and independents' category.
Jackson lies some way off the three leaders in the overall standings, but with over 50 points on offer from the three race weekend could take the points lead, especially in a series as unpredictable as the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) this season.
“I know that a lot of people have written off my chance of winning the outright title,” concedes Jackson, “and I except that it's a tall order, but while it's still mathematically viable, then as far as I'm concerned it's all to play for. Silverstone will suit our car, it's one of our stronger circuits on the BTCC calendar and I really like it there. The Focus should perform well on the straights and we're hopeful of a strong finish to our season.”
In the Independents' championship the Airwaves driver will start the event 17 points behind James Nash. The two drivers are destined to fight for the title between themselves, with third place Andrew Jordan well adrift.
After two disastrous weekends at Knockhill and Rockingham Jackson revived his title chances with a fine Brands Hatch meeting, scoring podiums in the first and second races around the Grand Prix layout before adding a fifth place finish in the final race of the day.
The squad will welcome double BTCC Champion James Thompson to their midst for the Silverstone round. Alongside Jackson and Liam Griffin the former Vauxhall and Honda driver will pilot the team's third Ford Focus ST, helping the team to win the Independent Teams' title, currently led by Triple Eight Race Engineering, as well as supporting Jackson's personal title ambitions.
Team Manager Oly Collins said; “We've got our eye on the Independents title now and with the effort that the whole of the Airwaves Racing team and supporters have put in this year it's the very least they all deserve, but all we can do is go to Silverstone & try to win every race. With Thommo on board for the final races you can be sure that we won't be going down without a fight; the rest is out of our hands and you never know what can happen in the BTCC. Let's see how we get on!”
Jackson adds; “it's great to have Thommo on board this weekend to support us for the Championship challenge. You always need that rivalry within a team; it's healthy to have someone there who's challenging and pushing you all the time and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the team in terms of set up and drive.”