Jackson Takes to The Track in PMR Astra for First Time
Yesterday saw Mat Jackson (pictured during his seat fitting at PMR HQ) take to the tiller of the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall BTCC car for the first time.
Jackson, who’s won more races than any other driver not to win the championship, drove the Warwickshire-designed and built Astra at Derbyshire’s Donington Park.
“It’s been 2 years since I last drove an NGTC-spec car in anger, and it was great to get back behind the wheel. It was only my first test in the car, so it was mostly used for me to become accustomed with the car and the team. With rain in the morning, which dried up around lunch, it gave me the perfect opportunity to put the car through its paces, and I’ve got to say it felt great,” Jackson stated.
“I have unfinished business in the championship, and wanted to come back with the right team, and after driving the Astra yesterday I’m completely convinced I’ve made the right choice in joining PMR. Martin and his team have put together a cracking machine, and I’m chomping at the bit to get back out at the end of the month!”
PMR Team Manager Martin Broadhurst was equally positive – “Mat’s a highly experienced driver, and has proved multiple times that he has the ability to win races, and very nearly the championship itself. Despite having not been in an NGTC-spec car for 2-years, he was able to demonstrate his professionalism straight from the off. He has two more test days left in the car before our first round at Donington, and we’ll all be working hard throughout to ensure he’s on his A-game come the first Qualifying session of the year.”
Fans will be able to see the team’s new livery at the upcoming Season Launch Test Day, taking place on Silverstone’s International circuit on Tuesday, 17th March.