MB Motorsport has confirmed that Ollie Jackson will complete its driver line-up for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship, where he will join Jake Hill in one of the outfit’s Ford Focus ST cars.
Jackson, 36, enjoyed his best-ever season in the BTCC last year in the first year of the new Motorbase-built Ford, taking two victories en route to 12th overall in the drivers’ championship.
He will remain within the Motorbase setup, moving to MB Motorsport which has established a technical partnership with the Kent team following its buyout by Shaun Hollamby and Pete Osborne.
“I’m over the moon to be racing with MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square this season,” said Jackson. “Last year was a really memorable one for me and I’m determined to build upon that.
“I got on really well with the Ford Focus ST and now have the opportunity to take that success to another level in 2021.
“I’m also really pleased that the make-up of the team will allow me to continue working with the majority of the personnel from last year as well as Shaun – who helped me to secure my first podium back in 2018 – once more.
“We’ve a great relationship and with his and Mark [Blundell’s] leadership, I’m certain we’ll have a lot to smile about in the year ahead. It’s an exciting time!”
Jackson first joined the BTCC in 2011 and 2021 will be his ninth full season in the championship in which he has accumulated 240 race entries.
Team Principal Hollamby has worked with Jackson in four of those seasons, when Jackson was an AmD Tuning driver in 2012 for his first full year and again in 2016 – 2018, culminating in Jackson’s first outright BTCC podium in an Audi S3 in 2018.
“It’s fantastic news to have Ollie join us this season,” said Hollamby. “I’ve seen first-hand just how talented he is behind the wheel and I’m very pleased to have him back in one of my cars.
“His knowledge of the Ford will help drive us forward and, between him and Jake, I’m quietly confident that we’ll have a very memorable season.”
Sporting Director Mark Blundell expects the team to be able to make another step forward in 2021 with Hill and Jackson.
“As a team, we’re incredibly excited to take another step forward this season,” added Blundell. “Ollie’s signing forms a big part of that and is a statement of intent for the whole team.
“Last year was a real stand-out season for Ollie and his signing is another big part of the jigsaw falling into place.
“His experience and success is a major boost to the team, and we are looking forward to working with him.”