Jason Lockwood admits he was proud of his performance on track in what proved to be his final season in the Quaife MINI CHALLENGE, despite missing out on a top three championship finish.

Lockwood would be a front-runner throughout the campaign having returned to the grid for a third successive season with EXCELR8 Motorsport – grabbing his first victory in the series at Oulton Park.

Unfortunately for Lockwood, a grid penalty carried into the JCW finale at Brands Hatch would hamper his chances, with a puncture in race one and then a suspension issue in race two ultimately ending his hopes of a top three championship finish.

Fifth however was still Lockwood’s best result in the series, with a total of eight podium finishes across the season.

“Heading into the final weekend, my aim was to finish in the top three and ideally fight for second spot – but the stars didn’t align,” he said. “We should have had pole position but there was the penalty and also a lap lost to track limits, and then we had issues in the first two races.

“The fact I came from the back of the grid to finish in the top ten in race three showed we had the pace, and I have to give thanks to the team as they did a great job all year to let me fight at the front, even if the final round was disappointing.

“I feel things came together a lot more for me in my third year in the MINI CHALLENGE and I’ve massively improved as a driver, and I feel it sets me up well for what is to come.”

Lockwood will move to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with EXCELR8 next season, where he will line-up alongside fellow MINI CHALLENGE graduate Max Bird.