Jackson takes race three at Brands

Mat Jackson scored his first British Touring Car Championship win of the year with a dogged drive in the final race of the day at Brands Hatch

Jackson takes race three at Brands

Jackson, who started the race with wet tyres on his Motorbase BMW, held off a determined late effort from Matt Neal, who had a mixture of slick and wet rubber on his Honda, and came home the victor by just half a second.

Like Jackson, who rocketed up from 12th to third on the opening lap, all the early front-runners had full wets on their cars.

Tom Boardman shot into an early lead in his Special Tuning UK SEAT, but Motorbase drivers Steven Kane and Jackson clung on to him like glue.

A failed attempt by Kane to wrest the lead allowed Jackson to pass both at Westfield on lap three, although all three were unlucky to twice lose huge advantages over the rest of the pack due to the safety car being deployed twice.

The second safety car period was caused when Tom Chilton fired Alex MacDowall off at Paddock, breaking the right rear wheel on the Chevrolet, and then when David Pinkney, who had been battling for fifth place, understeered off at the very next corner.

That allowed Neal, who had climbed to sixth, to close in on the pack with four laps to go. Once back under racing conditions, and with his tyre choice now clearly the one to have, Neal passed Boardman, James Nash and Rob Collard to start the final lap third.

He then got inside Kane for second at Sheene, but could not get by Jackson in the following two turns that remained. Nevertheless, with Jason Plato retiring early on, Neal now shares the lead of the championship with the Chevrolet driver.

Collard (WSR BMW) came home fourth behind Kane, and ahead of Andrew Jordan, who passed two cars brilliantly himself in the final two laps in his Eurotech Vauxhall.

Tom Chilton, another to go for a mixture of tyres, came from the back of the grid to finish sixth, while Nash (Triple 8 Vauxhall) and Boardman were next up.

There was heartache for Lea Wood, who lost ninth place on the final lap in his family-run Honda, dropping to 11th as Gordon Shedden and Tom Onslow-Cole, the only two men left running who had started on full slicks, passed him.

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Mat Jackson BMW 32m50.721s 2. Matt Neal Honda + 0.469s 3. Steven Kane BMW + 1.708s 4. Rob Collard BMW + 5.043s 5. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 7.838s 6. Tom Chilton Ford + 11.297s 7. James Nash Vauxhall + 14.136s 8. Tom Boardman SEAT + 18.442s 9. Gordon Shedden Honda + 19.379s 10. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford + 19.384s 11. Lea Wood Honda + 21.822s 12. Matt Hamilton Honda + 23.700s 13. Andy Neate BMW + 27.392s 14. Martin Depper BMW + 41.831s 15. Arthur Forster BMW + 2 laps Retirements: David Pinkney Vauxhall 10 laps Alex MacDowall Chevrolet 10 laps Paul O'Neill Honda 0 laps John George Honda 0 laps Jason Plato Chevrolet 0 laps 
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