BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan described his victory in race one of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton as the “perfect way” to recover from his non-scoring Donington Park weekend.
Jordan was hospitalised last time out at the Leicestershire circuit following a huge shunt in race one which ruled him out of contesting the remaining races.
With the heavy damage to the shell of the car repaired, Jordan out-qualified reigning champion Colin Turkington at Thruxton yesterday to line up third as the Team BMW duo shared the second row.
In the opening race, the 2013 champion immediately jumped Dan Cammish into the first corner, and stuck with polesitter Sam Tordoff until the latter ran slightly wide at Church on lap 13 and Jordan carried momentum around the outside at the final chicane to complete the move.
“That was the perfect way – it’s how I’d dreamed we’d do it – the second win of the year at only the third meeting is fantastic,” Jordan told TouringCars.Net.
“To do it as we have after Donington is pretty special. I was looking after the tyres with the hope that his [Tordoff] would go off and they looked like they were going off a little bit.
“So it was just a case of keeping my powder dry, keeping the tyres under the car and seeing how we could progress in the latter stages which we did.
“Really, really happy. It’s good points on the board and we need to now get two solid results and then that’d be a good day for us.”
With reduced success ballast as part of a new regulation for 2019, Jordan will carry 54kg into the second contest, but insists he is focusing on reecovering more points in the standings rather than gunning for a double victory.
“I’m really not focusing on the win,” he said.
“I’m just focused on getting points in the next one. If that means a win or a podium or a sixth then I’ll be happy with that.”
The second race of the day for the British Touring Car Championship at 14:35 BST with another 16-lap encounter.