Motorbase Performance will retain the services of Ollie Jackson for the 2020 BTCC season, as the 35-year old will return to the team for a second consecutive season.
Jackson, who enjoyed his first season with Motorbase in 2019 drove a Ford Focus RS to 19th in the overall standings and 8th in the independent driver’s standings. He will drive a newly-built Focus in 2020.
2020 will mark Jackson’s seventh full campaign in the BTCC, and he was confident that by remaining with Motorbase for the upcoming campaign, he was in the best place possible to secure his target of winning the independent driver’s title.
Jackson said ” I was thrilled to make the step up to Motorbase Performance last season, and it helped me to get better results than I have ever had in my BTCC career. I worked hard with the team behind the scenes and it has improved me as a driver.”
Jackson, who had previously raced for Motorbase in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB before joining their BTCC program was confident of another step up in 2020.
He continued, “We focused on making sure I was more consistent over the race weekends, rather than just gunning for individual results, which is maybe what I had been guilty of in previous seasons. That helped me step up and I was confident going into each race weekend. The Independents Trophy title has to be my aim for the season.”
Motorbase Performance will remain as a three-car outfit for the 2020 BTCC campaign, and Team Principal David Bartrum was delighted to see Jackson remain with the team.
“Ollie got to know the team well last season and he put in some really head-turning races – including finishing on a high with a sixth place at the finale at Brands Hatch,” said Bartrum.
“He spent a lot of time working with our data guys pushing himself to get even better in 2019,” he continued “and that showed in his performance on the track. There were some tough weekends, but he is improving and having the consistency of the same guys around him going into 2020 will only continue in that upwards trajectory.”
Bartrum also hinted at further driver signings in the coming weeks, ahead of the team’s assault on the 2020 BTCC.
He continued “We’re looking forward to making some more announcements in the next few weeks, 2020 is building up to being a very positive year for Motorbase.”
The opening weekend of the 2020 BTCC season takes place in two months time on the 28th/29th March at Donington Park.