Jackson: We can win the title
21 June 2011 – Mat Jackson is convinced that he and Airwaves Racing can take the challenge to Matt Neal and Honda for this year’s BTCC title. Although the former enjoyed two victories to the latter’s one at Croft on Sunday, Jackson still moved to within just nine points of the championship leader as the seven-week summer break began.
With 2005 and 2006 Champion Neal having won at Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Thruxton prior to his double at Croft, 2008 runner-up Jackson has so far enjoyed a total of three victories from Donington, Oulton Park and Croft.
“We can definitely win it,” says Henley-in-Arden’s Jackson. “I think we have the credentials, both team and driver, to take the fight to Neal and Team Dynamics who run the Hondas. Yes, we’re an independent team, but we’ve kept them this honest up to now and we’ve still got lots more development to do on the car.
“There’s no escaping they have greater resources, with factory support from Honda and that they’ve been around a lot longer than us and have won it twice before; but we and our sponsors - Airwaves, Moneyshop, Leyland and Redstone - are the hungry ones and we’re prepared to fight to the death for it.”