Mat Jackson

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Mat Jackson
Mat jackson silverstone2012.JPG
Nationality  British
Born (1981-06-10) June 10, 1981 (age 33)
Henley-in-Arden (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2001
Current team Airwaves Racing
Car no. 7
Former teams Racing Silverline
Jacksons M.Sport
GR Motorsport
Starts 250
Wins 20
Poles 2
Fastest laps 19
Best champ.
finish
2nd in 2008
Previous series
2005–06
2000
SEAT Cupra Championship
Renault Clio Cup
Championship titles
2006 SEAT Cupra Championship

Mat Jackson (born June 10, 1981 in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire) is a British racing driver. He currently competes in the British Touring Car Championship with Motorbase Performance.

Jackson and his family-ran team contested the British Touring Car Championship in 2007 and 2008, in each case using the BMW Andy Priaulx used to win the previous year's World Touring Car Championship. Jackson run under the Jackson MSport banner in 2007, and as BMW Dealer Team UK in 2008. This support was from a network of BMW dealers rather than BMW themselves, so the team was still classed as an independent. For 2009 Jackson moved to the Racing Silverline Chevrolet team and since 2010 he has raced for Motorbase Performance.

Racing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Jackson driving at the Oulton Park of the 2006 SEAT Cupra Championship.

He started racing in karts in his teens, before finishing 4th in the 2000 Renault Clio Cup, his first attempt at tin-top racing. For 2001 he moved to the production class of the British Touring Car Championship with the GR team's Ford Focus, finishing 4th in his class. He struggled for funding in subsequent years, and was something of a forgotten man when he entered the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2005 with a family-run team. He was a revelation however, finishing as series runner-up, with a series-high 8 race wins, and a tally of 8 poles and 8 fastest laps. After being considered by SEAT for a BTCC drive [1], he remained in Cupras for 2006, taking the championship lead after a double victory at the season opener. A string of 9 wins in the first 12 races made him strong championship favourite, and he went on to clinch the title.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Jacksons M.Sport (2007–2008)[edit]

Jackson was a frontrunner in the 2007 BTCC season, clinching many podium places before his first victory at Oulton Park in race three [2]. Thruxton did not go well for him, a crash and an engine failure leaving him with no points [3]. His home round at Donington saw him start 4th and briefly lead race one, before fading down the order as the wet conditions did not suit his rear-wheel drive BMW [4]. At the second Brands Hatch meeting he attempted to make an overtaking move at the first turn (around the outside) and spun, triggering an 11-car pile-up, leaving two drivers in hospital [5]. At the final rounds at Thruxton, Jackson showed pace and won the final race of the series. While everyone was focusing on the Fabrizio Giovanardi v Jason Plato title battle, Jackson snuck inside Tom Coronel at the start of the third race. He managed to hold Team RAC driver Colin Turkington behind him to win his second BTCC race of the season.

Jackson stayed with the team for 2008. At the first round at Brands Hatch, Jackson started at the pole position and led for over 3/4 of the race until rain started to fall and he lost grip in his BMW. He was overtaken by VX Racing's Giovanardi shortly before the end and had to settle for second place. In the second race he battled for fourth place, and in the third race he fought his way through the field for a second place finish behind the Team RAC BMW 320si of Turkington.

Jackson driving his family-run BMW 320si at the Snetterton round of the 2007 British Touring Car Championship season.

At Rockingham, Jackson started the weekend 10th on the grid but fought his way up to 6th place. In the second race he got a good start and quickly took the lead after mistakes by SEAT driver Darren Turner and Giovanardi, and recorded his third career victory. In the third race, which was delayed by rain, Jackson managed to fight his way up to second behind Turkington, despite his RWD BMW 320si slipping in the conditions. All was going well, with Jackson closely following Turkington, until an ambitious overtaking move around the outside resulted in him being pushed out wide and into the gravel trap. Jackson recorded a DNF and lost his chance of taking the championship lead. At Donington Park, he qualified 14th on the grid for the first race, Jackson drove through the field making his way up to 5th place. His race ended when contact was made with Team Dynamics driver Tom Chilton. In the third race he managed to get his first points of the weekend with a solid 8th place finish.

At Croft, Jackson qualified a decent 7th on the grid, race 1 took place in atrocious weather, pouring rain causing there to be rivers and puddles all over the track. From the start, he flew into an early lead, but the race had to be red flagged after an accident between Team RAC driver Stephen Jelley and Robertshaw Racing driver Alan Taylor caused an injury to a marshal. The race was restarted but the weather had become worse. Jackson restarted 2nd on the grid but flew into the lead at the first corner. This meant he was the first to enter the treacherous Tower corner, which resulted in him locking his brakes and going straight on. He went through the gravel trap, but managed to return to the pack in a lowly 18th place. He stayed there though as another red flag was brought out and the race stopped due to the poor weather. He finished the 2008 season second in the championship, 36 points behind Fabrizio Giovanardi.

RML (2009)[edit]

Jackson in his RML Chevrolet at Rockingham Motor Speedway in 2009 preparing for the race start

Following the pullout of a key sponsor, Jackson's own team did not have the funds to run their car in 2009. Mat was not listed on the 2009 entry list for the BTCC, leaving his plans for the season unclear. However, he returned to the BTCC in a one off race for RML in a Chevrolet Lacetti at Thruxton,[1] winning in the final race of the day. He was later then confirmed to race the rest of the season for RML under the Sliverline Racing banner alongside Jason Plato.[2] He generally struggled in the first half of the season, before a run of eight successive podium finishes (a record in the era of reverse-grid races) including a win at Knockhill and pole position at Silverstone[3] took him to 5th in the standings.[4]

Motorbase Performance (2010–)[edit]

Jackson driving for Redstone Racing at Thruxton in the 2012 BTCC season.

Jackson was signed by Airwaves BMW for the 2010 season. He managed to win round nine at Brands Hatch and collected six podiums over the course of the season, finishing seventh in the final standings with a total of 155 points, 14 points behind team mate Steven Kane.

For the 2011 season, he stayed with Airwaves Racing. The team no longer ran the BMW 320si but instead competed with the Ford Focus ST for him and rookie team mate Liam Griffin. The cars were acquired from Team Aon and used the same Mountune NGTC engine as the Team Aon cars. In this season he returned to the front of the field, battling Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal for the championship, winning races at Donington, Oulton Park, Croft and Snetterton. He went away from Snetterton as the championship leader but poor results for the rest of the season put him out of contention, he finished 4th in the Drivers Standings.

Jackson stayed with Motorbase for 2012, now rebranded as Redstone Racing.[5] He won the first race at Donington Park and he won the third race until he was disqualified for running over the turbo boost limit.[6] He had a bad day at Oulton Park, making contact with Rob Collard in race two and giving them both punctures. He then spun Daniel Welch into retirement in the third race of the day, Jackson was penalised for both incidents.[7] At Snetterton he switched to the brand new NGTC Ford Focus ST Mk.III and took the first victory for the car at Silverstone having started from 17th place.[8]

Jackson will continue to race for Motorbase in 2013 for a full season in the NGTC Ford Focus ST.[9]

Other activities[edit]

Jackson has appeared three times on BBC's Top Gear, firstly racing a motorhome in Series 10, Episode 6. He then raced an Aircraft tug in the airport vehicles race in Series 14, Episode 4.[10] He appeared again in Series 20, Episode 2 when he drove a Toyota HiAce in a taxi race.

He is a test and development driver for McLaren Automotive, having worked on the McLaren MP4-12C.[11]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 2001 all races, 2007–present just in first race, 2001 in class) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – 2001–present all races, 2001 in class) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point awarded – 2001 just in feature races, 2007–present all races, 2001 for leading in class)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2001 GR Motorsport Ford Focus P BRH
1

4
BRH
2

9
THR
1

10
THR
2

8
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

Ret
MON
1

11
MON
2

7
DON
1

10
DON
2

6*
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
SNE
1

7
SNE
2

9
CRO
1

16
CRO
2

7
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

13
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

Ret
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

9*
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

12
4th 151
2007 Jacksons M.Sport BMW 320si BRH
1

DSQ
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

3
ROC
1

10
ROC
2

4
ROC
3

2
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

DNS
CRO
1

9
CRO
2

4
CRO
3

3
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

1*
DON
1

9
DON
2

10
DON
3

4
SNE
1

4
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

7
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

3
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

10
KNO
3

9
THR
1

7
THR
2

5
THR
3

1*
7th 158
2008 BMW Dealer Team UK BMW 320si BRH
1

2*
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

2
ROC
1

6
ROC
2

1*
ROC
3

Ret
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

11
DON
3

8
THR
1

5
THR
2

5
THR
3

2
CRO
1

18*
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

5
SNE
1

15
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

1*
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

5
OUL
3

4
KNO
1

6
KNO
2

5
KNO
3

4
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

13*
SIL
3

1*
BRH
1

1*
BRH
2

1*
BRH
3

4
2nd 226
2009 RML Chevrolet Lacetti BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

THR
1

8
THR
2

9
THR
3

1*
5th 165
Racing Silverline DON
1

10
DON
2

6
DON
3

4
OUL
1

19
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

8
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

DNS
CRO
3

DNS
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

NC
SNE
3

DNS
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

2
KNO
3

1*
SIL
1

1*
SIL
2

3*
SIL
3

1*
ROC
1

3
ROC
2

2*
ROC
3

5
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

11
2010 Airwaves BMW BMW 320si THR
1

3
THR
2

5
THR
3

2
ROC
1

13
ROC
2

4
ROC
3

Ret
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

1*
OUL
1

4
OUL
2

4
OUL
3

7
CRO
1

9
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

7
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

5
SNE
3

7
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

3
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

6
KNO
3

5
DON
1

3
DON
2

5
DON
3

8
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

4
7th 155
2011 Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

2
DON
1

5
DON
2

10
DON
3

1*
THR
1

6
THR
2

5
THR
3

2
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

9
OUL
3

1*
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

5
CRO
3

1*
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

6
SNE
3

1*
KNO
1

19
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

13
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

5
SIL
1

20
SIL
2

26
SIL
3

21
4th 191
2012 Redstone Racing Ford Focus ST Mk.II BRH
1

7
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

1*
DON
2

3*
DON
3

DSQ
THR
1

1*
THR
2

3*
THR
3

6
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

7
CRO
1

8
CRO
2

NC
CRO
3

12
7th 274
Ford Focus ST Mk.III SNE
1

8
SNE
2

6
SNE
3

4
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

10
ROC
1

4
ROC
2

4
ROC
3

6
SIL
1

Ret*
SIL
2

1*
SIL
3

2
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

Ret*
2013 Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST Mk.III BRH
1

20
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

10*
DON
1

12
DON
2

13
DON
3

9
THR
1

7
THR
2

15
THR
3

7
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

20
OUL
3

19
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

13
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

4
SNE
3

2
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

9
KNO
3

7
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

4
ROC
3

4
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

10
SIL
3

4
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

3
8th 225
2014 Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST Mk.III BRH
1

15
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

7
DON
1

14
DON
2

7
DON
3

4
THR
1

4
THR
2

5
THR
3

2
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

9
CRO
1

8
CRO
2

6
CRO
3

3
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

6
SNE
3

2
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

1*
KNO
3

17
ROC
1

-
ROC
2

-
ROC
3

-
SIL
1

-
SIL
2

-
SIL
3

-
BRH
1

-
BRH
2

-
BRH
3

-
6th* 207*

* Season in progress.

Complete SEAT Cupra Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 2007 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races, 2007 in class)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Pts
2005 Whale Tankers/Jacksons M'sport SEAT León Cupra DON
1

Ret
DON
2

4
THR
1

4
THR
2

1
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

4
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

1
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

1
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

1
KNO
1

1
KNO
2

1
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

2
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

3
2nd 245
2006 Whale Tankers/Jacksons M'sport SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

11
THR
1

1
THR
2

7
CRO
1

1
CRO
2

2
DON
1

1
DON
2

1
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

1
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

1
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

1
1st 273

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (1 April 2009). "Plato to race RML Lacetti at Brands". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Jackson added to Silverline banner". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). 14 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Jackson on Silverstone pole
  4. ^ Jackson sees podium run finally end
  5. ^ Motorbase Performance confirm three car line-up, TouringCarTimes.
  6. ^ Jackson loses race three win, BTCC.net.
  7. ^ Hudson, Neil. "Troubled day for Mat Jackson, penalised twice at Oulton". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Meissner, Johan. "Motorbase celebrates maiden NGTC Ford Focus victory". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jackson and Smith return". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Mat Jackson, IMDb.
  11. ^ Jackson arrives in style, BTCC.net.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Boardman
SEAT Cupra Championship
2006
Succeeded by
Jonathan Adam