New Head of Rallies and Cross Country appointed at Motorsport UK
Jonathan Jackson (pictured right), an experienced rally competitor, active marshal and events professional, will be joining Motorsport UK as Head of Rallies and Cross Country on 27 February 2023.
As a lifelong member of North Wales Car Club, Jackson has a wealth of experience within Rallying.
He started his competition career in 2011 at Blyton Airfield and quickly moved onwards to BTRDA Rally First and Junior 1000, before climbing the ranks into the British and Irish Tarmac Rally Championships and making his World Rally Championship debut at Wales Rally GB in 2013.
His first overall victory came at the Argyll Stages in 2021, with an international victory following at the Ulster Rally in 2022. Most recently, Jackson took victory alongside Meirion Evans at the Galway International Rally, the opening round of the Irish Rally Championship, in their Volkswagen Polo GTi R5.
Away from competing, Jackson has been an active member on the Formula 1000 Rally Club Committee and BTRDA Rallies Committee, providing strategic guidance and expertise to the community.
Jackson has marshalled in stages and ran Arrival and Start Controls, Regroups and been a Competitor Liaison Officer on events. Furthermore, Jackson is a member of Cambrian Rally Organising Team, undertaking Clerk of the Course training.
Jackson will join Motorsport UK from National Gas Transmission where he led on Customer Engagement and Process Improvement; ensuring customers received the highest standard of service whilst analysing and improving existing internal processes.
Jackson will report to John Ryan, Safety and Sporting Director, and will act as the primary representative for Motorsport UK in relation to all Rally and Cross-Country matters, focusing on the strategic direction of Rallying to ensure its long-term sustainability.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Motorsport UK as Head of Rallies & Cross Country,” commented Jackson on his appointment. “As someone who has been a passionate lifelong fan of the sport, it’s a great honour to have been selected for this position.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to experience a number of great things during my time in the sport so far – both in and out of the car. As a current competitor and trainee Clerk of Course I see, feel and hear what my fellow licence holders are saying, so I’m really excited to join Motorsport UK and continue some of the great work that is already underway – as well as tackling the challenges Rallying and Cross Country face going forward.
“We have a fantastic discipline full of some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable people in the world – and I’m really looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can.”