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News 2010: Jackson Clinches Pro-am1 Title

October 14th
Motorbase Performance - Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Ollie Jackson and George RichardsonOllie Jackson claimed one of the biggest prizes in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB when he secured the pro-am1 title in the penultimate race of the season at Brands Hatch (9 October).

At the deciding weekend of a fabulous season, Ollie wrapped up the title in the first race and was then able to chase the leading quartet of pro drivers in Sunday's final race before finishing a great fourth overall when Tim Harvey went out with a puncture. It was the culmination of a year of work by Ollie and the Motorbase Performance crew and, for the second year running, he finished in the points in every one of the season's 20 races.

That makes a total of 40 consecutive points' finishes for Ollie in his two seasons of Carrera Cup and that's a record that not even new overall champion Tim Harvey can match.

"It's been a fantastic year and I've really enjoyed every minute of it," said Ollie. "It's easy to turn up for every race weekend and take for granted just what a privilege it is being here. It was my dream to be a racing driver and to be here, and to be a champion, is just fantastic."

Ollie was quick to acknowledge the work of everyone at Motorbase in guiding him to this success, with the team having taken a rapid Caterham racer and developed him into a front-running Porsche racer across two seasons. In the 2010 season he had to contend with strong opposition in pro-am1, particularly from Lithuanian racer Jonas Gelzinis.

"All credit to Motorbase, Timmy Hull and my mechanic Richard, because you don't get 40 finishes from 40 races without having a solid car, especially with so many wins in there as well," said Ollie. "It's been tough, particularly with Jonas. He's had a bit of bad luck, which has widened the gap more than it would have been. He's never an easy man to beat."

While the pro-am1 title was the clear objective for the season, Ollie also showed the pace to race up among the pro drivers. "It was great to mix it with the pros and hopefully that shows that, if I can raise the budget for next year, I can make the step up to the pro category. Ideally, I'll come back next year to race as a pro, but that does depend on budgets. If that happens, realistically I'd like to be chasing podiums. But it's a very competitive championship and it won't get any easier."