AMD eager to put difficult weekend behind themPosted: June 13, 2012
Ollie Jackson qualified 20th despite an off on Saturday afternoon and nmanaged to net another three points finishes in the Volkswagen Golf, but he and the team went home feeling discontent with their performance over the weekend.
The team showed promise in a recent test before arriving at the Cheshire circuit, and Jackson came through the mayhem in a first race of attrition to just miss out on a top 10 finish with 11th place, before surviving a tangle in race two with Redstone Ford’s Aron Smith to salvage two 15th place finishes.
Jackson was left reflective on a tough weekend, but has vowed that the team and car will come back stronger at Croft circuit in two weeks time.
“In a word, I’d say it’s been tragic,” he reflected. “It really did turn into a weekend to forget. I have to hold my hands up a bit and admit I could have done better, but we’ve also had a number of issues that we have had to deal with. It’s a shame that the car was faultless in the recent test and then wasn’t when we arrived at Oulton Park but we’ll move onwards and upwards next time out.
“The potential is there in the Golf and I have to thank the team for doing a great job as I didn’t make it easy for them with the incident on Saturday. I’m sure our luck will turn soon.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby could not hide his frustration from the weekend’s struggles either, and quickly shifted the squad’s focus to the next round saying the true potential of the Golf’s latest upgrades will be unlocked around the technical North Yorkshire venue.
“The positive is that the change to the suspension has improved the handling of the car and we found a brake issue that we have worked on,” said Hollamby. “Ollie did a good job but unfortunately we had a misfire on race day that we need to look at and the higher temperatures today have also shown us some things on the data that we will investigate and improve for Croft.
“Despite all that, we’ve scored points in all three races and 11th is our second best result of the year, so we still have something to show for the weekend.”
Jackson lies 18th in the championship on 24 points, as the series heads to Croft on June 23/24.