Ollie Jackson remains with Motorbase for second successive season

Ollie Jackson remains with Motorbase for second successive season

Ollie Jackson
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Ollie Jackson will enter his eighth full season in the British Touring Car Championship by remaining with Motorbase Performance in 2020, as the 35-year-old inked a deal to race a newly-built Ford Focus RS.

Jackson joined the Kent-based team at the start of the 2019 season, lining up alongside Tom Chilton in one of the team’s Ford cars.

He scored a first top ten finish of the season at Oulton Park with tenth in race one, before following up with a season-best result of fourth at Snetterton in early August.

Jackson eventually finished the season 19th overall in the drivers’ standings with 81 points to his name, and he ended the year eighth in the Independent drivers’ standings.

“I was thrilled to make the step up to Motorbase Performance last season, and it helped me to get better results than I have ever had in my BTCC career,” said Jackson. “I worked really hard with the team behind the scenes and it has improved me as a driver.

“We focused on making sure I was more consistent over the race weekends, rather than just gunning for individual results, which is maybe what I had been guilty of in previous seasons.

“That really helped me step up and I was confident going into each race weekend.

“The Independents Trophy title has to be my aim for the season.”

By signing with Motorbase, Jackson has rekindled a relationship with Motorbase which first began in 2009.

“Ollie got to know the team well last season and he put in some really head-turning races – including finishing on a high with a sixth place at the finale at Brands Hatch,” said Team Principal David Bartrum.

“He spent a lot of time working with our data guys pushing himself to get even better in 2019, and that showed in his performance on track.

“There were some tough weekends, but he is improving and having the consistency of the same guys around him going into 2020 will only continue in that upwards trajectory.

“We’re looking forward to making some more announcements in the next few weeks, 2020 is building up to being a very positive year for Motorbase.”