HENLEY-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson dazzled with his driving in front of tens of thousands of spectators when he competed on the Silverstone Grand Prix track during the weekend’s Silverstone Classic event.
With a gap in the British Touring Car calendar Mat was invited to contest the high-profile Alan Mann Trophy for iconic under 2-litre touring cars from Sixties at the Classic, the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
Mat teamed up with Henry Mann, son of Alan who became one of motor sport’s most revered team bosses in the Sixties.
Mat qualified their Ford Lotus Cortina, in the famous Alan Mann Racing red and gold colours, sixth fastest on the 60-car grid. Unfortunately a worsening engine misfire plagued the car’s performance during the 50-minute two-driver race. Henry took the first stint and handed over to Mat in 12th position.
However their pit stop was super-quick and Mat rejoined in sixth before moving up into third position – despite the misfire.
In the end he slipped to fourth, but his driving style – he often had the Cortina balanced on three wheels through the corners, just like Formula 1 champion Jim Clark used to do in the Sixties – was one of the highlights of the weekend for the huge crowds and commentators.
“What an event,” said Mat who races a Ford Focus in the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship for the Redstone Racing team.