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News 2012: Donington Delight for Redstone Racing

April 15th

Mat Jackson Podium Celebrations

Redstone Racing thrilled the crowds with two victories during the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship's (BTCC) visit to Donington Park, Derbyshire, this weekend (14th/15th April), although the second win proved to be short lived.

Race one offered a dream start, as Mat Jackson charged from sixth on the grid to score the team's first victory of the season. The 30-year-old made a strong start to lie third by the end of the first lap, before muscling his way past the dicing duo of Rob Collard and Jason Plato on lap four to snatch the lead. Jackson fended off a late charge from Gordon Shedden to cross the line with a 0.229s advantage.

The winning streak wasn't over, either, as Jackson added a second trophy to his cabinet in the final race of the day. From fourth on the grid, he briefly led at the start before dropping to third. Jackson then took advantage of a chaotic third lap to reclaim first position before the safety car was briefly deployed, holding off the charging Shedden and Jason Plato in the closing stages to become the only driver to score multiple victories in 2012 so far.

Unfortunately celebrations were short lived as a technical fault on Jackson's car was to be deemed by the stewards as giving Mat an unfair boost advantage. The win has been taken away which slightly dampens the spirits in the team.

There were further celebrations in race two though, as Jackson's strong form yielded another podium result. After starting from pole position, his ballast-heavy Ford Focus ST could not match the pace of the NGTC Hondas, but he held strong in third position.

Mat Jackson WinsRedstone Racing's newest driver, Aron Smith, also enjoyed a successful at the Derbyshire circuit. The young Irishman made up two places to finish eighth, which he followed with a ninth position in race two – missing out on eighth by just under five thousandths of a second. Unfortunately race three contact caused front-end damage to his Ford Focus ST and resulted in a trip to the pits, but Smith recovered to take 13th and complete a trio of point scoring races.

Fortunes did not lie with the third member of Redstone Racing's driver line-up, Liam Griffin, however, whose strong start to the season at Brands Hatch two weeks ago was contrasted by difficulties at Donington Park. A first corner clash eliminated him from race one, before a high speed collision with Chris James in the run into Coppice brought race two to an abrupt end. Race three looked to be heading the same way as an opening lap collision relegated him to the back of the grid, however he salvaged 14th place and vital championship points.

Redstone Racing's little red devils will next be in action in two weeks' time when BTCC visits Hampshire's Thruxton circuit.

Redstone Racing driver Mat Jackson said:
"It's a shame to have lost the win from race three as I feel I could have won it if the car wasn't faulty after our pace in races one and two. We've proven to ourselves this weekend we've got the pace in the car and the two great results in races one and two show that. We're now really looking forward to Thruxton."

Redstone Racing driver Aron Smith said:
"We didn't really get the chance to show what we were capable of at Brands Hatch, so to finish in the top ten twice at Donington Park was an achievement. We were a bit hampered in races two and three with contact, which was a shame, but there's lots of positives to take away from this weekend."

Redstone Racing driver Liam Griffin said:
"Donington Park was as bad as Brands Hatch was good. Being on the receiving end of Chris James' contact, which effectively put me out of the running in all three races, wasn't what we came here for, but at least we had the consolation of scoring a point in the final race. "

Redstone Racing Team Manager Oly Collins said:
"Overall its been a great weekend and one we needed after Brands Hatch -  we've been on the pace all weekend and the team has done a fantastic job as usual. It's a real shame to have lost the race three win due to a technicality but we understand and we have to live with that."