Andrew Jordan is hoping to continue his recent run of strong from in the British Touring Car Championship at Croft this weekend, fresh from having claimed two podiums last time out.
By finishing third, fourth and second respectively in Oulton Park’s races, Jordan has lifted himself to seventh overall in the drivers’ championship standings, as the highest ranked driver yet to claim a win this year.
And with the Croft circuit favouring rear-wheel drive machinery – the 125i M Sport has won nine times out of 15 races held since it was introduced – Jordan heads to North Yorkshire in a confident mood, despite carrying more ballast than qualifying last-time out.
“Oulton was exactly what we needed after a few events that hadn’t quite gone to plan,” said Jordan. “We were able to show the strength of the BMW in qualifying and race trim at a track that has suited it well in the past.
“Croft should provide another chance to make up ground in the points table, especially with the BTCC being as wide-open as it is just now.
“I’m seventh, which means 27 kg of success ballast, but that’s a workable situation and I’m confident of being able to fight for my first win of the year.”
WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts is expecting Jordan, who has twice won at Croft, in 2010 and 2014, to be able to get closer to the front this weekend.
“Oulton Park gave Andrew a strong set of results and the target at Croft – a circuit where we’ve had a lot of success in the past – is to continue the momentum built up by BMW Pirtek Racing,” added Bennetts.
“Like Oulton, Croft suits the BMW extremely well, and with a manageable amount of success ballast, we have an opportunity to make up more positions in the Drivers’ and Teams’ points tables and to solidify BMW’s Manufacturers’ Championship lead before we reach the mid-season break.”