Thruxton: RML preview

MAT JACKSON TO COMPETE IN RML CHEVROLET- LACETTI AT THRUXTON Following a strong return to the BTCC at Brands Hatch earlier this month, in which Jason Plato took the Chevrolet-Lacetti's first win in the series, RML now reveals its plan to...

MAT JACKSON TO COMPETE IN RML CHEVROLET- LACETTI AT THRUXTON

Following a strong return to the BTCC at Brands Hatch earlier this month, in which Jason Plato took the Chevrolet-Lacetti's first win in the series, RML now reveals its plan to race again this weekend at Thruxton. The team have built a second privately entered Lacetti for yet another big name in the touring car paddock - 28 year old, Mat Jackson.

A highly successful Independent campaign in 2008 saw Jackson claim an impressive 2nd place in both the overall BTCC and the Independent's championships, with five race victories and in total, no less than ten podium finishes. This dominant performance made Jackson an obvious choice for the second RML race seat.

Having missed the first race of the 2009 season, Jackson cannot wait to get back in a competitive touring car, and in a series in which he holds high regard, "This is a fantastic opportunity for me, the Lacetti is certainly a proven race car, as highlighted by Plato's great results at Brands Hatch. And of course, the RML team have a wealth of experience and successes, both in the British and World Touring Car Championships, so I don't doubt their capabilities in producing a race-winning car."

Jackson will head into his first race in the Lacetti with limited knowledge of the car. Without any previous testing, and having spent the past two seasons competing in a rear-wheel drive BMW, the front-wheel drive Lacetti will no doubt take some getting used to. This challenge doesn't discourage him though, "Realistically, having not previously tested the car, this weekend will inevitably be a learning curve for me. However we know the car has excellent pace, which is a huge advantage at a high-speed endurance circuit such as this."

So what will Jackson's aims be for Thruxton? "I'll be looking to challenge for three good finishes this weekend, which means staying out of trouble and collecting as many points as possible."

Speaking on the latest signing, RML Chief Executive, Ray Mallock commented, "I'm delighted to welcome Mat to the team and to confirm that we will be appearing at the next event. I know I speak for everyone at the factory when I say we cannot wait to see Mat in the car. He really proved his enviable abilities last year - ten podiums and a 2nd place finish in the championship standings, competing against some far more experienced drivers just shows Mat really deserves to be on the grid in 2009. Combine this with the Lacetti-favouring high speed straights of Thruxton, and it should prove to be an exciting pairing.

At present we're still working on our plans for the rest of the season, but for now our focus is firmly on the next round. We know this car is a strong performer with great pace, so we'll be aiming for as many points as possible and hopefully, emulating our last race win!"

Project Manager, Paul Field, added, "Since RML announced it's return to the BTCC after several years away, the factory has been buzzing. We all enjoy the excitement of touring car racing and the atmosphere and spectator involvement at the events are second to none.

Our last outing was met with some challenges, but the end results speak for themselves and of course, we're looking to repeat them with Mat behind the wheel. He comes to RML with a very solid background in this championship so I am sure he will settle into the car as well as Plato did.

The team put in a fantastic effort to get the car ready for Brands and again we will be giving Thruxton everything we've got. And for this event, we at least have the advantage of an extra two days notice before the truck leaves for the paddock!"

-credit: rml

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Series BTCC
Drivers Jason Plato , Ray Mallock , Mat Jackson