BTCC Knockhill: Mat Jackson fends off pursuers to win race three

Mat Jackson won the third British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Knockhill for the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus team

BTCC Knockhill: Mat Jackson fends off pursuers to win race three

He had started on pole position and beat front-row starter Rob Collar's WSR BMW 125i M Sport to the top of Duffus Dip first to set off on a superb defensive drive.

Initially, Jackson had his mirrors full of Collard and Colin Turkington's Subaru Levorg, but the two chasing rivals tripped over each other coming out of Clark's corner on lap eight.

They fired into each other side-by-side and were both spat on to the grass and out of contention.

There was no break for Jackson, as Sam Tordoff's WSR BMW 125i was glued to his bumper with Jason Plato's Subaru and Gordon Shedden's soft-tyred Honda Civic hard on his bootlid as well.

The order in the top four did not change after a tough fight and Jackson took his fourth win of the season.

Jackson said: "That was a hard job, but no one was having that win off me.

"I saw Collard go off and I knew that threat was gone, because he had been on the soft tyres, but then Sam Tordoff gave me a hard time.

"Fair play to him, I made it hard for him and he didn't just shunt in to me."

Behind the top four, Matt Neal finished in fifth after ceding ground early on to Shedden, while Rob Austin (Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis) and Adam Morgan (Ciceley Mercedes-Benz) rounded out the top seven after they had also endured a mighty dogfight.

RACE THREE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 27 25m19.259s
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 27 0.236s
3 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 27 0.804s
4 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 27 1.297s
5 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 27 2.256s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 27 4.328s
7 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 27 4.933s
8 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 27 8.875s
9 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 27 9.316s
10 Jack Goff WSR BMW 27 10.196s
11 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 27 11.386s
12 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 27 11.590s
13 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 27 11.896s
14 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 27 12.758s
15 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 27 16.117s
16 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 27 17.215s
17 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 27 21.381s
18 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 27 24.587s
19 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 27 27.894s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 27 30.503s
21 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 27 31.271s
22 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 27 31.513s
23 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 27 47.219s
24 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 27 47.874s
25 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 26 1 Lap
- Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 14 Retirement
- Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 8 Retirement
- Rob Collard WSR BMW 8 Retirement
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 6 Retirement
- Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota 0 Not started
- Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 0 Retirement


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