REDSTONE Racing is vowing to fight back in the second half of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) following a challenging weekend at Oulton Park fraught with bad luck - although the team still leads the Independent Teams’ Trophy.
After posting the second quickest time in free practice one, a heavy crash into the barrier at Cascades in free practice two hampered Mat Jackson’s qualifying effort. The team worked hard to repair his car in time to join the session, and Jackson completed six laps to secure tenth on the grid for race one.
Race day got off to a frustrating start, with a positive result for Jackson – who made his way from tenth to fifth in the opening encounter - counterbalanced by retirements for team mates Liam Griffin and Aron Smith.
In race two, Jackson was dicing for the lead with Rob Collard’s BMW when the pair made contact, resulting in a left front puncture and damage that eventually led to the Redstone Racing driver’s retirement.
The team was again hampered by incidents in the final race. After starting on the front row following the reverse grid draw, Griffin was forced to retire, Smith was hit hard from behind, while Jackson, was involved in several tussles but managed to make his way through the field to take a creditable seventh position at the chequered flag.
Redstone Racing will travel to the north east for round five of the 2012 championship at Croft circuit on June 23/24.