Mat Jackson will compete in the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for Motorbase Performance, the ninth consecutive season he will do so.

Following on from the news that the team will run the Ford Focus RS, the 36-year-old will partner Tom Chilton for the forthcoming campaign, completing the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher line-up.

Enduring a trying 2017 season where he achieved a solitary victory, Jackson has his sights set on targeting BTCC glory as he continues his quest for a maiden overall title.

“It’s great to be back with Motorbase and Team Shredded Wheat with Gallagher for another crack at the Championship,” Jackson said. “I’m looking forward to it immensely.

“I know that the guys have been hard at work over the winter to improve the pace of the car and there’s been a huge amount of hard work that’s gone in from their side.

“We’ve got a whole new set up this year with the RS and a new team-mate in Tom on-board for the season. It’s going to be an exciting season, and we’re hopeful that the changes will put us in good stead to battle for the BTCC title this year.”

Team Principal, David Bartrum, added: “I’m really happy to continue with Mat alongside Tom this season, it’s a very strong line-up.

“Mat has helped us get the car to where it is now and has been with us from the start of our NGTC journey so it seems fitting for him to join Tom in what should be our strongest campaign to date with the new Focus RS.

“Both Mat and Tom have fantastic proven track records which speak for themselves and they are both hungry to become the 2018 BTCC Champion. They have great respect for each other professionally and already get on well, which is great for the dynamic of the team.”

Jackson will once again run #7 on his front-wheel-drive machines whilst Chilton will run #3.

Both drivers are set to sample the Focus RS before the team heads to Spain to commence its pre-season testing programme.

PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Sayle Photography