Ollie Jackson ‘wasn’t expecting to have such a great end to the day’

Ollie Jackson admitted that he wasn’t expecting to end the British Touring Car Championship meeting at Snetterton with a victory, after the Motorbase driver triumphed in race three.

Jackson had been taken out of the first race in a first corner skirmish, after he had earlier on Saturday qualified in a strong ninth place.

That off-track excursion with Aiden Moffat resulted in him finishing the opening race in just 21st, after a recovery drive from the back.

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Jackson then made more progress than any other driver in race two, flying from 21st to eighth by the end of the race to put himself in the reverse-grid mix.

The Ford Focus driver then started race three from third, with a strong pass around the outside of front-row starter and early leader Adam Morgan putting him at the front.

Despite race-long pressure from Morgan’s Mercedes, Jackson held on to clinch just his second-ever BTCC win, only six races after his first.

“It’s fantastic,” said Jackson. “The first one was really, really emotional, but this one just feels brilliant. With this one I feel like a race winner already, so it’s a great feeling again.

“I think getting back into the feeling of winning races again is definitely something, and it’s helped me to have the confidence today, being able to push forwards.

“It’s fantastic after what was a pretty unlucky first race where we had good pace, I really wasn’t expecting to have such a great end to the day.

“I got a good start – again one of my trademark ‘wookie’ starts as Mr [David] Bartrum [Team Principal] likes to refer to them – so it was a good launch and I managed to get the tyres switched on pretty well.

“I think Adam looked like he was struggling a little bit to start off with and I just took advantage and then hung on to it for the rest of it.

“I was just focussing on the track, getting the lines right and placing my car. Adam definitely had the pace on me towards the end.

“I feel like his car was probably set up to work in the second half of the race, and mine was set up to work in the first half.

“All I had to do was focus. He gave me a good old push for the last few laps, but thankfully I hung on.”

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