Mat Jackson completes Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher line-up
Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher is targeting glory this season, after re-signing 31-time race-winner Mat Jackson to run alongside new team-mate Tom Chilton for its 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign.
Buoyed by a switch to the new Ford Focus RS machinery for the season ahead, the Kent-based outfit is targeting championship title success with a rejuvenated two-car effort and formidable new driver line-up.
Jackson returns to the Motorbase fold for his ninth consecutive year as part of David Bartrum’s squad, and after a challenging 2017 season, the 36-year-old is hungrier than ever to add a maiden BTCC title to his impressive tally of 31 race wins and 79 podiums from his 333 BTCC race appearances.
Team Principal David Bartrum said: “I’m really happy to continue with Mat alongside Tom this season, it’s a very strong line-up. Mat has helped us get the car to where it is now and has been with us from the start of our NGTC journey so it seems fitting for him to join Tom in what should be our strongest campaign to date with the new Focus RS.
“Both Mat and Tom have fantastic proven track records which speak for themselves and they are both hungry to become the 2018 BTCC Champion,” added the Team Principal. “They have great respect for each other professionally and already get on well, which is great for the dynamic of the team.”
Jackson added: “It’s great to be back with Motorbase and Team Shredded Wheat with Gallagher for another crack at the Championship. I’m looking forward to it immensely.
“I know that the guys have been hard at work over the winter to improve the pace of the car and there’s been a huge amount of hard work that’s gone in from their side.
“We’ve got a whole new set up this year with the RS and a new team-mate in Tom on-board for the season. It’s going to be an exciting season, and we’re hopeful that the changes will put us in good stead to battle for the BTCC title this year.”
Jackson will revert back to his lucky #7 racing number for the 2018 BTCC campaign with Chilton picking up the team’s previous #3 on his maiden Motorbase season. Both drivers will sample the new Focus RS machinery for the first time early next month when the squad heads to warmer climes in Spain to commence its preseason testing programme.