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Mat Jackson

Biography

Mat Jackson made his BTCC debut driving a Ford Focus in the Production Class in 2001. After struggling for funds over subsequent seasons, he resurfaced in the supporting SEAT Cupra Championship in 2005 with a family-run team and dominated proceedings in 2006 to clinch the crown.

That proved the catalyst for a BTCC return in 2007, piloting an ex-Andy Priaulx WTCC BMW 320si – and Jackson was an instant front-runner, tallying his maiden podium finish in his third race and a breakthrough victory mid-season at Oulton Park en route to seventh position in the final drivers’ table. Still competing as an Independent, the following year saw an outright title challenge as five wins earned the McLaren Automotive test and development driver the runner-up spoils in the standings.

In 2009, Jackson switched to Racing Silverline’s Chevrolet Lacetti, and despite missing the opening meeting, he triumphed four times to finish fifth in the overall classification. He moved to Motorbase Performance in 2010, winning races for the team in every year bar 2013 and claiming a best championship finish of fourth place in a Ford Focus ST in 2011.

The Warwickshire star was a last-minute addition to the 2014 BTCC entry list after agreeing an 11th-hour deal to remain part of Motorbase’s line-up. The team sat out the opening half of 2015 due to budgetary shortfall, but Jackson returned midway through and was the most successful driver in the field over the final five meetings, tallying four wins from 15 starts and three consecutive pole positions. He remains with the Kent-based squad in 2016.

Season Results

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 9th
Race 1 8th
Race 2 5th
Race 3 25th
Donington Park Qualifying 3rd
Race 1 1st
Race 2 2nd
Race 3 14th
Thruxton Qualifying 14th
Race 1 21st
Race 2 8th
Race 3 1st
Oulton Park Qualifying 25th
Race 1 16th
Race 2 10th
Race 3 13th
Croft Qualifying 9th
Race 1 8th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 DNF
Snetterton Qualifying 5th
Race 1 3rd
Race 2 1st
Race 3 DNF
Knockhill Qualifying 15th
Race 1 12th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 1st
Rockingham Qualifying 2nd
Race 1 2nd
Race 2 4th
Race 3 5th
Silverstone Qualifying 21st
Race 1 17th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 2nd
Brands Hatch GP Qualifying 19th
Race 1 11th
Race 2 7th
Race 3 1st

Driver Info

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 10 June 1981
Place of Birth: Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England
Lives: Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England
Team: Motorbase Performance
Car: Ford Focus ST

BTCC Debut: Brands Hatch, 16 April 2001

* BTCC Races Includes 26 races in Production class in 2001

BTCC Races: 303
BTCC Wins: 30
BTCC Podiums: 76
BTCC Poles: 5
BTCC Fastest Laps: 24

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