Jackson beats Cook to win as fire curtails Donington BTCC opener

Mat Jackson took his first win of the 2016 British Touring Car Championship season by powering his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus to victory in a truncated Donington Park opener

Jackson beats Cook to win as fire curtails Donington BTCC opener

The bedrock of his glory was laid at the beginning of the race, when he rocketed from third on the grid and split the two front-row starting MGs ahead.

Jackson cannoned into Josh Cook's machine as he forced an opening between Cook and Ash Sutton, and claimed a lead he was not to lose.

"I was slightly worried after the start because my car had picked up some damage in the early contact," said Jackson.

"But it held on. Once I had broken the tow to Cook behind, I was pretty comfortable. This feels great."

Rob Collard initially powered his WSR BMW 125i M Sport to third place ahead of Sutton, but the rookie reclaimed third at the Old Hairpin on the opening lap - and his robust move allowed Tom Ingram to leapfrog to fourth.

Ingram later passed Sutton, whose front tyres were losing grip, to finish on the podium.

Jack Goff claimed fourth place after passing Sutton and the ailing Collard.

The championship pacesetting Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type Rs of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal both had ballast and opted for the softer tyre in the first exchange. As the rubber wilted, they fell to 11th and 12th at the flag.

The race was cut short when Matt Simpson and Dan Welch crashed at Coppice, prompting a safety car.

Shortly after that, James Cole's Team BMR Subaru erupted in flames and the red flag was shown. Cole got out of the car unscathed.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 18m16.822s
2 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 1.860s
3 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 2.077s
4 Jack Goff WSR BMW 8.794s
5 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 9.149s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 10.324s
7 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 14.807s
8 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 16.423s
9 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 17.990s
10 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 19.589s
11 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 20.108s
12 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 20.865s
13 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 21.121s
14 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 22.096s
15 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 25.755s
16 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 26.652s
17 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 32.425s
18 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 33.681s
19 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 36.755s
20 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 37.227s
21 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 37.664s
22 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 42.861s
23 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 45.956s
24 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 56.439s
25 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 1m18.221s
26 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1 Lap
- James Cole Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda Retirement
- Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton Retirement
- Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford Retirement
- Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement


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