Andrew Jordan hoping to ‘build on momentum’ after double Thruxton win

Andrew Jordan hoping to ‘build on momentum’ after double Thruxton win

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BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan says he is hoping to “build on the momentum” he has gathered from doubling up in the opening two British Touring Car Championship races at Thruxton this weekend.

The 2013 champion gave the new-for-2019 BMW 3 Series its maiden victory in race two at the Brands Hatch season opener, before a heavy shunt in the first encounter at Donington Park ruled him out of the remainder of the weekend.

On Saturday at Thruxton, Jordan out-qualified reigning champion Colin Turkington before jumping Dan Cammish at the start and then pressurising polesitter Sam Tordoff for the race lead.

As Tordoff later contended with a power steering issue, Jordan capitalised on lap 13 by breezing past on the outside before the Club chicane.

He withstood pressure from Turkington to double up in race two – meaning he has won a third of all races so far in 2019, despite not finishing three of them – before contact with Stephen Jelley in the final contest dropped him to 17th and out of the points.

He told TouringCars.Net that the incident in race three was out of his hands, and that he is still “very happy” with the outcome of the weekend.

“It was out of my control, so that’s the way it goes unfortunately,” said Jordan.

“Strong race one and two to get the double and win with full weight on was really good, I’m very happy with that.

“Race three is just the way it goes, but we were the top points-scorer this weekend so lots of positives.

“I’m feeling comfortable in the car, comfortable in the team and we’ve won three out of nine races this year so hopefully we can build on the momentum going to Croft.”

Given that Jordan did not score at all during a disastrous Donington round, he admits he is not focusing on scoring points going forward, instead wanting to rack up as many wins as possible.

“That’s three wins out of the six races I’ve finished really – I hadn’t thought of it like that – that’s good but equally there’s a long way to go yet,” he said.

“I’m not looking at points or anything yet I’m just looking at racking up some more wins and we’ll see where we go from there.”

He also noted the positive pace bodes well as the series returns to the high-speed Hampshire circuit in August, saying his WSR-run operation leave this time around with their “tails in the air” after the success.

“It’s good that we come back later on, we’ll go away with our tails in the air but equally we need to keep working because everyone else will be,” Jordan said.

“I’m going to try to chill out for the next few weeks now and get some more wins when we come back.”