It’s been pole to pole for Mat Jackson in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after the Ford Focus driver produced another unstoppable qualifying display at Silverstone. Like London buses, Motorbase Performance now has its second ever BTCC qualifying triumph, following on from Jackson’s success last time out at Rockingham.
Jackson was able to set four lap times quicker than any other driver, such was his dominance during the session – albeit with his new lap record time of 58:078s just two tenths of a second quicker than Gordon Shedden’s best effort. The session got off to a frenetic start with Jackson settling nicely into P1 immediately after another Ford Focus – that of Alex Martin – had spun off into the gravel at Maggotts. The timing of the incident was perfect for Jackson and frustrating for several others as the imminent red flag would scupper a number of flying runs.
Jackson continued to better his own benchmark time after the restart as Shedden moved up to second, but the battle behind intensified with every passing moment. It was the West Surrey Racing car of Sam Tordoff and MG Triple Eight Racing’s Andrew Jordan in third and fourth respectively, as the two talented chargers strive to keep their own mathematical championship chances alive. Dave Newsham came from nowhere to fire his Power Maxed Chevrolet into the top five late on, relegating reigning champion Colin Turkington down a place to sixth in the process.
Mat Jackson said: “The car felt fantastic in that session, the team at Motorbase work so hard and have given me a car that is capable of taking pole position and hopefully some more wins! We’ve got to try and win race one, then we’ll see how the car behaves with ballast on board. Thankfully we’re in the best place possible to do that. It’s great for us to come back in the second half of the season and show that we’ve got a winning package .”