Jackson wins second Knockhill race for Airwaves
BTCC News | Sun 24th August 2014The second race at Knockhill saw Mat Jackson win for the first time since 2012, leading home Jason Plato and Rob Austin.
By Matt Lamprell
Matt Neal started from pole position after winning the first race and led off the line from Rob Austin. There was drama through the first few corners, as Austin challenged around the outside, only to end up running wide and dropping to fourth as a result. Gordon Shedden was also a victim of an early off, as was Warren Scott. It was the VW becoming stranded that triggered the deployment of the safety car at the end of lap one.
It was only a single lap foray for the safety car and Neal led the restart. However, the Honda was forced to cede the position when he was handed a drive-through penalty for jumping the start. That put Jackson through into the lead.
After his first race DNF, championship contender Colin Turkington started from the back of the grid. He was forced to fight his way through the pack, but made quick progress over the course of the opening laps. By lap nine, Turkington had worked his way up to 12th.
The eBay Motors driver continued, passing both Nick Foster and Fabrizio Giovanardi, before closing on Tom Ingram and teammate Rob Collard. Collard didn’t hold Turkington up for long, and then they both passed Adam Morgan. That was fourth place for Turkington and it was going to be tough to improve any further – but nonetheless, an impressive effort from the back of the grid.
As the race entered its closing stages, Jackson led by over two seconds from Jason Plato, who in turn headed Rob Austin.
That was the order at the chequered flag. Jackson won from Plato, Austin, Turkington and Collard. Sixth place went to Adam Morgan, with Ingram seventh and Newsham, eighth. Fabrizio Giovanardi took ninth, with Nick Foster in tenth.
Race winner Mat Jackson said, “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve been struggling, but the car is absolutely fantastic this weekend. Thanks to everyone in the team though, because we’re flying this weekend. We managed the gap and brought it home. I’m really pleased with that one.”
Jason Plato said, “We have improved the car from race one. I’ve still got a bit of understeer, but it’s more driveable. I think the soft tyre is working really well today. Knockhill isn’t normally a great circuit for us, so I’m really pleased with that.”
Rob Austin said, “It’s another win that could been, but it got away. The car is mega. I think we had the pace of the cars in front, but it’s really hard to overtake here. It just never quite came off for us and couldn’t find a way past Jason.”
Colin Turkington said, “That’s the stuff of dreams. It’s hard to do that with the cars so evenly matched out there. The eBay BMW was amazing. You can never afford to give up. After race one, it looked like a really tough weekend for me, but I’m a lot happier now.”