Andrew Jordan ‘positive’ after maiden rear-wheel drive campaign

Andrew Jordan ‘positive’ after maiden rear-wheel drive campaign

Andrew Jordan
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After his first BTCC season in rear-wheel drive machinery, Andrew Jordan feels very positive about his improvements over the 2017 campaign, which saw the BMW Pirtek Racing driver take three wins and 11 top ten finishes.

The Sutton Coldfield native has not finished outside of the top ten in the overall standings since 2009, with his efforts this year seeing him finish a credible ninth overall on 203 points.

“I’m proud to have helped BMW secure the Manufacturers’ title in my first year in a rear-wheel-drive touring car,” said the 28-year-old, whose performance in the final race to finish 13th made all the difference for BMW to take the crown from Subaru by 31 points.

Jordan admitted that the conditions at the Brands Hatch GP circuit made it less than easy to progress, having finished way down the order in 27th for race one, but his form improved as the day continued.

“In Race One, in particular, we could have looked like heroes if the rain had continued, but it wasn’t to be,” said Jordan, who is looking ahead to 2018 with West Surrey Racing.

“We’ve had some fantastic highs during the year with three wins and I can definitely feel that my speed and consistency with the car has improved as the season’s gone on, so that’s the big positive I’ll take into the winter.”

“The primary target for BMW Pirtek Racing this weekend was to help BMW win the Manufacturers’ Championship and it’s fantastic to have done this,” said Team Principal Dick Bennets, who feels Jordan has been a worthwhile addition to the three-strong outfit this year.

“AJ still scored crucial points with a last-lap overtaking move on our big rivals for the Manufacturers’ title and that was invaluable. He’s been a fantastic addition to the team and three wins are an indication of his talent.”