Jackson, in his 224th BTCC start, gave some joy to the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus team at the end of a race that was red-flagged due to a terrifying crash for his team-mate Rory Butcher.
Title contender Butcher, striving to recover from his spin when he was nerfed off by Sutton in the second race, was attempting to pass Matt Neal for seventh on lap six when they made contact in the left-handed Maggotts kink.
Butcher, on the outside, was sent careering across the grass, where he smashed backwards in the Armco barrier, and this launched him into a barrel-roll that ended in the middle of the track at Becketts. Miraculously, Butcher was avoided by the pack and he emerged from the car under his own steam.
Jackson had got the jump at the initial start from the polesitting West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport of Tom Oliphant, and the duo were tied together until Butcher’s accident.
Once again, Jackson led at the restart of the shortened 12-lapper from Oliphant, and once more the BMW driver attempted to prise away the lead from the Ford man.
There was minor contact between the two at Brooklands on the second lap, although both continued without losing position, and on the seventh tour Oliphant got down the inside at Copse Corner, only to run wide on exit and allow Jackson back down the…