Eurotech Racing will field a brace of NGTC Honda Civic’s in the 2012 British Touring Car Championship. The cars are to be built by Team Dynamics for Pirtek Racing and will be of the same standard and specification of those to be run by the works team next season.
Both current drivers Andrew Jordan and Jeff Smith will also be retained by the team for next season. Pirtek Racing, run by Mike Jordan’s experienced Eurotech Racing outfit, are currently 7th in the Team’s championship and hope that by announcing their plans for 2012 so early they can steal a head-start over some of their main rivals.
Commenting on the news, Team Principal Mike Jordan also confirmed renewed investment from fluid transfer leader Pirtek. “This is the start of a new two-year partnership with Pirtek and that has given us the confidence and stability to make a major investment.
“We are delighted and excited to announce that we will run two new Civics to the Next Generation Touring Car regulations,” added Jordan Snr. “We will have exactly the same car as Matt Neal. We looked seriously at several options for doing our own car, but we wanted the best car for the start of the new season. That’s as good as it gets.”
Jordan has enjoyed a long-lasting relationship with Team Dynamics who will build the cars, having bought many cars off them including the Honda Integra that carried him to his only BTCC win back in 2006.
Andrew Jordan, who has taken three wins in the past two seasons at the wheel of the team’s Vauxhall Vectra, is already looking forward to racing the new machines in 2012.
“I’m very excited,”said Jordan Jnr. “We’ve straight away put ourselves in the best car on the grid for next year. I’m looking forward to working with Team Dynamics; I think we’ll work very well together and they will be very open with us. I think there will be quite a few envious people when they see that we are in the new Honda. I think it will be the best car on the grid. I’d like to think we’ll be consistently near the front and consistency is something I want to concentrate on.”
Jeff Smith, who’s best result so far in 2011 is a fifth at Donington Park, will be retained for the 2012 season. Mike Jordan admitted that he was pleased with his first full season in the championship and expects to see him step up a level in 2012.
“I’m very pleased that Jeff has enjoyed his first BTCC season to the extent that he is stepping up to a new car as well,” added Jordan Snr. “He has had what you would expect of a debut year in the BTCC and the aim for 2012 is for him to be a regular front-runner.”