Mat Jackson wins action-packed race three at Silverstone
BTCC News | Sun 28th September 2014Airwaves Racing’s Mat Jackson won the final race of the day at Silverstone, but a third podium finish of the day ensured Colin Turkington is inching towards the title as the BTCC heads to its final races of the season at Brands Hatch.
By Matt Lamprell
Turkington overcame a tough couple of laps towards the end of the race when he was involved in a multi-car battle that could easily have ended in disaster for the BMW driver.
Fabrizio Giovanardi started the race from pole position after the top seven finisher s from race two were reversed to form the grid for race three. The Italian led Jackson away from the line, who made the most of the empty grid spot that was left in front of him after Sam Tordoff’s MG was wheeled off the grid ahead of the start.
An early safety car period followed at the end of the first lap, when Robb Holland, James Cole and Martin Depper came together.
There was some confusion at either end of the safety car period with a Jackson and Giovanardi appearing unsure who leading the race when the yellow flags first came out. When racing resumed, Colin Turkington and Aron Smith also appeared to swap positions, although that seemed to be caused by a slowing Fabrizio Giovanardi.
It was Mat Jackson who led from Giovanardi, Smith, Turkington, Menu and Plato.
That was how it stayed until the closing stages of the race. Jackson was relatively comfortable at the front, but Turkington was keeping Giovanardi under pressure. The championship leader was having to keep a close eye on his mirrors, too, with Alain Menu and Jason Plato in close quarters.
Turkington edged alongside Giovanardi for a couple of laps, before appearing to push ahead of the Ford. However, Giovanardi fought back. Menu and Plato were watching closely and took their chances to pounce. Plato pushed through and the result was Giovanardi sliding wide and dropping down the order.
Somehow, Turkington emerged from the chaos as the leader of this train of cars, which put him in third position overall.
At the chequered flag, it was victory for Jackson, ahead of Aron Smith and Turkington. Plato took fourth, with Menu fifth and Jordan, sixth. Adam Morgan finished seventh, ahead of Shedden, Warren Scott and Jack Goff.
Mat Jackson said, “We’ve had the pace all weekend. We were just a little bit off pole. To come away with that is great for everybody at Airwaves.
We got a blinding start and Fabrizio had a couple of oversteer moments and I managed to get up the inside. The car is getting stronger and stronger. We’d love to get another win there.”
Colin Turkington said, “It’s hard to take all of that in. It was a real battle out there from start to finish. I was having a good fight with Gio but I couldn’t find a way past. Eventually it all kicked off into Becketts. It’s nice to get the eBay BMW across the line and even better to finish ahead of Jason.”