Jackson takes comfortable Race 3 victory
5 June 2011 – Mat Jackson was able to convert pole position into victory during the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park this afternoon, crossing the line ahead of Honda Racing's Gordon Shedden who bounced back from his misfortune at the end of Race 1. After losing the lead to Nick Foster at the start, the Airwaves Racing driver quickly reacted and moved back ahead at the Island Hairpin before building a gap over his rivals.
The track had dried up significantly since the second race, but there were still some wet patches offline. As the race began second place man Foster jumped into the lead after a rapid getaway, only to lose his advantage less than half a lap later. Drama then ensued as Paul O’Neill attempted to make his way up the order, running over some surface water before slamming into the barriers at Lodge.
The Safety Car was deployed as a result of the incident, bunching the field up. James Nash was another man to make a mistake early on, but he was able to quickly rejoin the back of the queue before the restart. Jackson used a different tactic to many of his rivals as the Pace car came in, getting on the power much earlier and breaking away before he crossed the start/finish line.
Jason Plato and Rob Collard were enjoying a great scrap until making contact at the end of Lap 10, with the pair running eachother off the road on the exit of Lodge. Reigning Champion Plato fell back to 10th, while Collard dropped all the way back to 16th. In the meantime Neal was closing in on Jordan for the final spot on the podium, but the latter eventually held onto his position despite a hair moment at Knickerbrook when both men ran off the circuit.
Behind Neal in fourth, Tom Boardman gave Special Tuning Racing the perfect gift after his race ending shunt with Jeff Smith in Race 1. The 27-year-old crossed the line just ahead of Team Aon duo Tom Chilton and Andy Neate, while Dave Newsham, Nick Foster and Smith rounded out the top ten.
Round 5 will be staged at Croft in two weeks' time