Andrew Jordan brought himself back into contention for the 2017 BTCC drivers’ title, having taken a substantial haul of points this weekend at Oulton Park, which was kicked off by a great win in the first race of the day.
Lining up against pole sitter Matt Neal, the BMW Pirtek Racing driver leapt past the Honda Civic into turn one in the lead, and never relinquished it for the entire race, winning by just 0.284 seconds at the finish.
“It’s been an excellent day to round off a fantastic week that started with the birth of my daughter, Sydney, on Wednesday, continued with a front-row grid spot and has culminated with my second win of the year and another podium,” said Jordan, who admits that he is still learning the skill set required to truly master rear-wheel drive machinery.
Even with having 75 kilos of success ballast for the second race of the day, the #77 driver was still able to take a welcome fifth place in race two.
The 27-year-old was in the fight for the win for the final race of the day, which saw him drawn on the front row of the reverse grid. But due to a late Safety Car period after Aiden Moffat’s Mercedes clashed with Dave Newsham’s Chevrolet, he had to settle with third behind the Halfords Yuasa Racing pair of Gordon Shedden and Neal.
“Without the safety car in Race Three, I think I might have been able to hold on for another win, but I can’t be disappointed with my results. The championship campaign starts here.”
Jordan now moves up into seventh overall in the drivers’ standings on 98 points, ahead of the next round of action, taking place at Croft in three weeks’ time.