Jackson wins Rockingham race 2

Warwickshire’s Mat Jackson has won the second of yesterday’s HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship rounds at the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire.

BMW Dealer Team UK driver Jackson (BMW 320si) finished ahead of VX Racing’s Fabrizio Giovanardi (Vauxhall Vectra VXR) and SEAT Sport UK’s Darren Turner (SEAT Leon TDI).

Turner led initially but then lost momentum when he was passed by Giovanardi. Jackson followed past as well into second and soon after overtook Giovanardi for a lead he would not relinquish.

Jackson, aged 26 from Henley-in-Arden, said: “It’s a great result to pull out from sixth on the grid. Fabrizio made a slight mistake and dropped a wheel on the grass and I was able to pounce.”

Italian Giovanardi, though, set the race’s fastest lap to earn a bonus point. It keeps him one point ahead of Jackson at the top of the championship heading into this afternoon’s third race.

That race will begin with the top eight positions from race two reversed – meaning Adam Jones in his Team Air Cool SEAT Leon will start it from pole position.

Leading positions Rockingham race 2 (provisional):1. Mat Jackson (GBR), BMW Dealer Team UK/BMW 320si, 19 laps in 28m51.807s

2. Fabrizio Giovanardi (ITA), VX Racing/Vauxhall Vectra VXR, +1.542s

3. Darren Turner (GBR), SEAT Sport UK/SEAT Leon TDI, +7.321s

Fastest lap: Giovanardi, 1m25.517s (81.66mph)