Mat Jackson produced the drive of his life as he held off a whole train of drivers to take victory in the final British Touring Car race of the day at Knockhill.
Jackson started from pole for the reverse grid race and was put under immediate pressure from Rob Collard and Colin Turkington. This was eased slightly after Ash Sutton was turned into the gravel and the safety car was needed to enable the cleanup operation to take place.
The pressure was again eased shortly after we returned to racing – Turkington making a lunge on Collard for second place that didn’t quite come off. The two cars looked as though they became locked together as they span across the track and into retirement.
After that incident, there was no let off for the Motorbase driver with Sam Tordoff, Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden all hustling for the lead.
The defensive driving of Jackson was very impressive but it wasn’t especially quick and this led to a seven way fight for the lead at one point which, when became quite entertaining when they all started to fight with each other.
Amazingly though, despite soaking up 27 laps of constant pressure, Jackson emerged victorious to take a fourth win of the season – more than any other driver in the championship.
The championship will resume next at Rockingham on the 27th-28th of August.