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Ollie Jackson: "It’s always great to come to Snetterton"

Tuesday, July 23 2013

Ollie Jackson returns to Snetterton next month (August 3/4) for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on the 300 circuit. Until recently he lived just 5 minutes away from the track but now faces a much longer commute.

"I'd like to think that I'll be an honoury Norfolkian for the rest of my days but it's always great to come to Snetterton," he said. "Unfortunately it's a bit of a longer trip than it was by about an hour and 55 minutes, but it'll be great to be back there again although it's only a few weeks since I left."

The move to Staffordshire has brought him closer to the Cheshire-based Speedworks team that he drives for, however. It should help cement an already harmonious relationship: "The guys have been great and I was settled in within a round, even with a last minute deal. We get on really well; they've made me feel very welcome straight away, after half a season it feels like I've been here for ages."

A good working relationship is something that Ollie needs, as he readily admits: "I'm still in the process of adjusting to an NGTC car to be completely honest. It's a pretty different beast, some aspects are better - there's a lot more traction and grip and power, but at the same time there are downsides. Generally it's not as benign as the S2000 cars, which were a bit easier to drive and also these are big, heavy old beasts - once the get out of line they are difficult to recover. But it's a great piece of kit."

Having Dave Newsham, a winning team mate, is an area that Ollie feels has already provided benefits to his development. "I think we both seem to complement each other," he explained. "My background is as a ride and handling engineer, and I like to think I can contribute quite well with the setup. I can have quite good conversations with our two engineers and Dave helps me with the data, so I think we've got quite a good combination going and we get on really well. Dave's a really nice guy and he's really friendly and non-competitive with me as well, which is great. It's a good atmosphere."

Returning to his former home round, Ollie is aiming to make an impact for all the right reasons: "We've had a lot of bad luck with tiny little issues that there's nothing that the team could have done about really, and I've made a few mistakes trying to make up for them coming through the pack and damaged the car a few times. I think we're just looking to move forwards really and some solid top ten finishes. It's so close this year, it's just unbelievably tight the whole field, and it's a second a lap between first and 15th pretty much, so as long as we get some decent results and a couple of good rounds where we can show our potential, then I'll be happy."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton 300 on 3/4 August are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.