BTCC – Jackson takes his first win of the season for Airwaves

Race Start (photo by Marc Waller)It’s turning into a day for first winds of the season here at knockhill. After Matt Neal taking his first win of the year in race one, this time Airwaves racing’s Mat Jackson took a dominant win.

Jackson, who started fourth, got a great start and with Matt Neal receiving a drive through penalty for a jump start, Jackson took the lead and never looked like being challenged finishing over 1.6 seconds ahead.

Behind him, Rob Austin who started second had dropped to third on the first lap but regained second when Matt Neal Served his penalty. He looked set for another second place until Jason Plato passed him but he held onto third. Shedden had no luck as he collided with Warren Scott on the first lap, just after Duffus dip and dropped down the order ending up near team mate Neal once he had served his penalty. This incident brought out the safety car but it was withdrawn within a lap as both cars drove away.

The second half of the top ten stayed close early on (photo by Marc Waller)Team mates collide (photo by Marc Waller)Jackson (photo by Marc Waller)Turkington drove a stunning race from the back where he started after his race one DNF. He’d said before the race that tenth was the best he could hope for but he fought throughout the race to fight his way up to an incredible fourth, just off the podium, passing both his Ebay Motors team mates on the way. Martin Depper had a heavy off about half way through the race but this time no safety car appeared. Behind Turkington in fourth was Collard who looked strong the whole race but couldn’t quite find the pace to gain on the top three. After Turkington passed him he followed his team mate home for fifth.

Sixth was Morgan keeping his Wix Racing Mercedes just ahead of Tom Ingram having another strong race to seventh in his Speedworks Toyota. AMD Tuning’s Dave Newsham was eighth, one place higher than race one and this is looking like his strongest weekend this season. Fabrizio Giovanardi was quite a bit behind his winning team mate in ninth and Nick Foster rounded out the top ten.

The rest of the points scorers were Jordan, a recovering Shedden, Jack Clarke going better in his Crabbie’s Ford focus, Matt Neal and Alain Menu. Menu’s team mate Aron Smith crashed out on the last lap heading into the tyres just before the finish line.

The reverse grid draw was made just after the race and Nick Foster pulled his own finishing position of tenth out, meaning he will start rrace 3 on pole from Fabrizio Giovanardi with Newsham and Ingram on the second row.

Full results on TSL timing here  By Marc Waller

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