Jackson wins sodden red-flagged race one at Thruxton

Mat Jackson made up for his Donington exclusion with victory in appaling conditions in race one at Thruxton which was ended early due to an accident for team-mate Liam Griffin.

The Redstone Ford driver made a good start from fourth on the grid to make it three-wide into turn one with front row starters Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato, and the trio made light contact that sent Jordan spinning into the barriers and left Jackson with a huge lead after the first lap.

The grassy moment for Plato allowed Dave Newsham to make his way up to second place, dropping the MG driver to fifth behind the BMW of Rob Collard, and the pair began attacking Frank Wrathall’s Toyota for third.

On lap four Collard made his move with a better run coming out of Church, before Plato demoted the Toyota driver to fifth with a good drive on the way up towards Goodwood a lap later.

Plato then began to close up on Collard for third, and again got great traction in the terrible conditions coming towards Church this time to take third place on lap seven from the WSR man.

At the front, Jackson and Newsham matched each other’s times every lap, the Vauxhall driver not quite able to eat into the lead of the Ford driver.

Jackson’s three second lead was then wiped out by a safety car to remove his team-mate Liam Griffin’s from the turn one tyre barriers after he skated off the road and slammed into the tyres resulting in massive damage to the front of the Ford. 

However, the race was then stopped after the recovery vehicle got stuck in the grass, gifting Jackson his second win of the season ahead of Newsham and Plato.

Jackson told ITV4: “We lead the race from start to finish. I got a great start and then Jason and Andrew got together, and from there we obviously took the lead and then it was really just get our heads down and try to conserve the tyres.

“Then I saw Liam in the barriers and I thought this is going to give the other boys a chance, but luckily the recovery truck got stuck! Another great result, and fantastic for Redstone Racing.” 

Behind Collard and Wrathall, Gordon Shedden made a stellar recovery to tak sixth, despite an accident at the first corner with Rob Austin and Andy Neate that left him with heavy damage to the rear quarter of the Civic.

He passed Tony Gilham and Lea Wood at Goodwood, before sealing sixth with moves on Tom Onslow-Cole and Aron Smith before the red flags were waved.

His team-mate Matt Neal didn’t have the same amount of pace it seemed, and hadto settle for 10th place ahead of Gilham’s 2011-specification Honda Civic.

Polesitter Jordan was one of the non-finishers after his lap one spin, while Daniel Welch didn’t even make it to the start after yet more problems with the Proton.

Race one results:

1.  Mat Jackson       Motorbase Ford      22m36.478s
2.  Dave Newsham      ES Vauxhall           + 0.876s
3.  Jason Plato       Triple 8 MG           + 1.999s
4.  Rob Collard       WSR BMW               + 2.597s
5.  Frank Wrathall    Dynojet Toyota        + 3.367s
6.  Gordon Shedden    Dynamics Honda        + 4.744s
7.  Aron Smith        Motorbase Ford        + 5.522s
8.  Tom Onslow-Cole   WSR BMW               + 6.204s
9.  Lea Wood          Wood Vauxhall         + 7.212s
10.  Matt Neal         Dynamics Honda        + 7.971s
11.  Tony Gilham       Gilham Honda          + 9.072s
12.  Ollie Jackson     AmD Volkswagen        + 9.616s
13.  Jeff Smith        Eurotech Honda       + 10.098s
14.  Nick Foster       WSR BMW              + 10.973s
15.  Chris James       ES Vauxhall          + 11.186s
16.  Andy Neate        Triple 8 MG          + 12.402s
DNF     Tony Hughes       Speedworks Toyota      10 laps
DNF     Liam Griffin      Motorbase Ford          9 laps
DNF     Adam Morgan       Speedworks Toyota       7 laps
DNF     Rob Austin        Austin Audi             2 laps
DNF     Andrew Jordan     Eurotech Honda          0 laps
DNF     Daniel Welch      Welch Proton            0 laps



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