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Ollie Jackson – MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square, Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championships

Driving the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST, Ollie Jackson had his sights set on glory in the 2020 MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and he did not disappoint.

At Silverstone, he secured his maiden win when he took victory in the reverse grid final race, and he then went on to win again at Snetterton in the penultimate round of the 2020 campaign.

The Motorbase Performance team scored 11 podiums in total in the 2020 season, claiming fourth in the team’s championship and second in the independent teams’ title race.

Now, in 2021, MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square (MB Motorsport) is thrilled to announce that multiple BTCC race-winner Ollie Jackson will complete their 2021 driver line up, and we will be right behind him as we continue to sponsor Ollie this season.

A familiar face in the BTCC paddock, BRDC member, Ollie first competed in the BTCC back in 2011 and since then has transformed into a regular points scorer, taking two overall wins, three independent wins and another podium last season.

At the wheel of the Ford Focus ST, Ollie’s knowledge and experience of the car will prove invaluable as the team look to hit the ground running with its new machinery. Thanks to the team’s technical partnership with Motorbase Performance, Ollie is well-placed to build on the successful relationships already established in his 2020 campaign.

The BTCC

The BTCC has been respected as one of the most renowned motor racing competitions in the world, with NASCAR and Formula 1 the only series that have been continuously running for longer. Since its formation in 1958, legendary names and iconic marques have competed for one of the most coveted prizes in world motorsport.

Ollie Jackson – Racing Career

Ollie started his racing career driving in the Caterham Academy. He progressed through the classes of Caterham racing in 2005- 2008 taking multiple wins and podiums.

In 2009, Ollie moved up to the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain racing for Motorbase Performance. He stayed with the team for 2010, winning 11 of the 20 races as winner of the pro-am1 category and claiming proam1 championship.

At the end of 2010, Ollie had an unrivalled record in the Carrera Cup Great Britain having scored points in all 40 races he competed in.

After an extremely successful Porsche campaign, Ollie turned his attention to the British GT Championship in 2011 where he was announced as a driver for the new works-backed Lotus team which would compete in the GT4 category. A season that culminated with a class win at Spa-Francorchamps in the GT4 category.

Ollie’s aim was always to drive in the British Touring Car Championship and it was in September 2011 that this aim became a reality with Triple Eight Engineering and the opportunity to pilot their Vauxhall Vectra for the remaining two rounds of the 2011 season.

Ollie is now a regular contender on the British Touring Car grid and has since been inducted into the acclaimed British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC). He has evolved as a driver over his career and at Brands Hatch in 2018 took his maiden podium, making the most of challenging conditions in what some have described as one of the best BTCC races of all time.

After achieving his maiden independent win and a haul of points finishes with the team in 2019, Ollie continued to build on his success for 2020, a season that was undoubtedly his most successful to date – both in terms of points, positions and prominence.

Last season saw Ollie excelled in the brand new Ford Focus ST to make the move of the season and stake his claim as a true contender.

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Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation's (nsif)

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Each year, Beavis Morgan is proud to sponsor the nsifannual Christmas event, ‘A Not So Silent Night’, which takes place in December at the St Andrew Holborn Church, redesigned by one of England’s most venerated architects, Sir Christopher Wren.

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Jonathan (Jigger) Thomson

Jonathan, or Jigger as he is affectionately known, first picked up a golf club at the age of five at Rotherham Golf Club where he practised alongside a promising group of youngsters that included future Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett.

At the age of seven, Jigger was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Determined, even at such a young age, Jigger went on to achieve remission after five years of intense chemotherapy.

With golf giving him an escape from the illness, he developed the focus and drive to fulfil his ambition of becoming a professional golfer.

He now stands at six foot nine and a half inches tall and has become the tallest player in European Tour history in 2018 after coming through all three stages of Qualifying School in 2017.

In 2018, Jigger delivered an outstanding performance at the Made in Denmark which saw Matt Wallace take home the trophy, with Lee Westwood, Steven Brown and Jigger finishing T-2 after a four man play off.

Then, in January this year, Jigger equalled a long-standing record for the most consecutive birdies as he recorded a phenomenal nine in a row at the Palmares Open on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour.

Steven Tiley

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He has played in Asia and Europe, and first hit the headlines after carding a 66 on the opening day of The 139th Open Championship in 2010 only to be overshadowed by Rory McIlroy, who went three shots lower.

Steven has won three times on the Jamega Pro Golf Tour in the UK, and he has also won the Egyptian Open in 2009, a year before the event joined the Challenge Tour.

In 2019, he earned his maiden Challenge Tour victory at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.

Dorking Rugby Football Club (DRFC)

Formed in 1921, Dorking RFC is a leading Surrey Club which is open to the whole community with five senior teams, and a thriving youth and mini section of over 500 children made up of Junior (U12-U18), Kids First (U5-U11) and Girls (U11-U18) sections.

2021 is an exciting year for the Club, which has achieved strong levels of success in recent seasons, with alumni including internationals in both the male and female game. The extension and partial conversion of the pavilion currently underway will provide a suite of fitness, physio and recovery facilities for male and female rugby players of all ages, as well as the wider community.

Situated on the National Trust’s Brockham Big Field, with views across to Box Hill, the project aims to deliver an innovative inclusive fitness and recovery centre, incorporating workout, physio, education, storage and breakout spaces, as well as improved wheelchair accessibility throughout, and the introduction of a large viewing terrace at first floor level. The facilities are scheduled to open this season.