Jackson was right in the leading group in both races at Donington and says mixing it with the likes of team-mate Lee Pattison, Team Pyro’s former Champion Bushell and new Ciceley Motorsport ‘hot shot’ Max Coates came easy to him.
However his final results – a lonely sixth followed by 14th in race two – perhaps didn’t do his race pace justice.
He said: “I find it easier to be fighting at the front than when I’m towards the midfield – that’s where there can be a lot of traffic and bunching up which costs you a huge amount of time. If you’re in that lead group you’ve got more space to play with and it’s more straightforward but it’s up to you as a driver to do the business in qualifying to be up there in the first place.
“I was right on Pattison’s bumper in race one but locked a tyre and ran wide at Coppice Corner so had to be content with sixth. In race two I think I think I was up to third momentarily – I was holding off Coates and Bushell and the plan was to let them take care of themselves and then get the hammer down. A podium was very possibly on but instead I got a drive-through penalty for a jumped start.
“It’s frustrating but at least I know the pace is there and next comes Thruxton – I went really nicely there last year and I’m a better and more confident driver 12 months on so fingers crossed we can be in there again.”
The 22-year-old from Bedford believes he, Pattison and fellow Cooksport driver Rory Collingbourne will have to work as a team at Thruxton in qualifying. And the races there – the nearest to a home venue for the Bristol-based squad – will be crucial if Cooksport is to keep up the pressure on WDE Motorsport in the Entrants’ championship. Cooksport goes to Thruxton second in those standings having briefly been ahead of WDE following Donington’s first race…
Jackson added: “It’s all about the tow at Thruxton – without one in qualifying you are nowhere. And you need to qualify well to be in the hunt in the races. I’m sure we’ll be sitting down with our engineers and going through a plan together the day before…
“It’s also more open this year. Last season there seemed to be an elite group of four or five drivers who could get away at the front – this time it’s more like ten or 12. There have been quite a few pleasant surprises springing up so far this year. More people look like they could do something.”