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Mat Jackson
Mat Jackson
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British[1] United Kingdom
Date of Birth 10/06/1981[2]
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2001[1]
Championships 0
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams GR Motorsport
Jacksons M.Sport
RML
Redstone Racing
Career Statistics
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Wins 0 (0 in Class)
Total Points 0
Current Season
Team Airwaves Racing
Car Unknown
Number Standings Points
6 0


Mat Jackson (born 10th of June 1981) is a driver in the 2016 BTCC season.[1] Jackson made his debut in 2001, before dropping out of the BTCC after a year.[1] He would return in 2007, and has remained in the series ever since.[2]

Current SeasonEdit

Jackson is currently competing in the 2016 BTCC Season with Motorbase Performance.

BackgrounsEdit

Jackson was born in Henley-in-Arden in England on the 10th of June 1981. In his teen years Jackson began competing in go-karts, before switching to the Renault Clio Cup in 2000.[2] A fourth place finish in the series saw Jackson switch to the BTCC in 2001, backed by GR Motorsport.[2] A fourth place finish at the end of the year saw Jackson, without the required funding, drop out of the series.[2] Jackson, however, took to the Seat Cupra Championship, taking the title in 2006 for his family run team, allowing him to re-enter the BTCC.[2]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Jackson's first season with GR Motorsport resulted in a fourth place finish in the final standings for the production class.[2] However, lack of funding prevented Jackson from returning to the series in 2002, and further issues saw him fail to fund a return until 2007, when his family decided to run a car on his behalf.[2]

Family RunnerEdit

MJ BMW 320si 2007

Mat Jackson driving his BMW 320si in 2007.

Jackson, backed by his family, entered the 2007 championship, and with Andy Priaulx's WTCC winning BMW 320si to drive, established himself as a frontrunner in the BTCC.[2] He took his first victory at Oulton Park, before causing an eleven car crash in the series' second visit to Brands Hatch.[2] A second victory came at the final race of the season at Thruxton.[2]

Jackson stayed with Jackson M.Sport for 2008, a would take more victories for the team, again using the BMW 320si previously used by Priaulx the previous year.[2] This was followed by a single season driving for RML (later renamed Racing Silverline) in 2009, in which Jackson took a further four wins in a Chevrolet Lacetti.[1] He returned to driving a BMW the following year.[2]

Motorbase PerformanceEdit

His return to using a BMW 320si was with Airwaves Racing in 2010.[2] Jackson took a single win that season, ultimately finishing behind team mate Steven Kane in the final standings. Motorbase dropped the 320si in favour of the Ford Focus ST, a move which allowed Jackson to challenge for the title.[2] He would ultimately finish fourth, after a four race run of retirements mid-season left a gap to the other title contenders which Jackson could not recover.[2]

MJ Ford Focus 2012

Jackson driving his 2012 Redstone Racing Ford Focus.

A re-branding for Motorbase led them to be named Redstone Racing in 2012, using the same Focus ST MK.II that he had used the previous year.[2] He took two wins at Donington Park at the second meeting of the season, but was disqualifed from the final race after a boost issue, causing him to lose one of his wins.[2] The team switched to the entirely new NGTC Focus ST MK.III half way through the season.[2]

2013 proved to be a poor year for Jackson, the only highlights being podiums at Snetterton, Rockingham and Brands Hatch. This was the first year that Jackson failed to win a race for Motorbase, whom had returned to running under the name Airwaves Racing.[1]

BTCC RecordEdit

Below is a table of Jackson's BTCC history. It shows his best results at each meeting of the series, as well as details of his car and team information.

Year Team Pos Pts Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2001 GR Motorsport 4th 151 Ford Focus 4 8 12 8 7 6 7 7 8 9
2007 Jacksons M.Sport 7th 158 BMW 320si 3 2 R 3 1 4 4 3 9 1
2008 2nd 226 2 1 8 2 2 1 4 4 1 1
2009 RML 5th 165 Chevrolet Lacetti 1 4 8 R 2 1 1 2 11
2010 Airwaves Racing 7th 155 BMW 320si 2 4 1 4 7 2 3 5 3 4
2011 4th 191 Ford Focus ST * 2 1 2 1 1 1 19 13 2 20
2012 Redstone Racing 7th 274 4 1 1 5 8 4 5 4 1 7
2013 Airwaves Racing 8th 225 7 9 7 7 13 2 7 2 4 3

* Motorbase switched to the Focus ST MK.III from the MK.II part way through the 2012 season.

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