Andrew Jordan admits that it has been a ‘crazy’ start to the season for the BMW Pirtek Racing driver, after he again doubled up at Croft to take his win tally in the British Touring Car Championship season so far to five.
By winning races one and two at Croft, Jordan took his winning run to four out of five races, before taking the chequered flag in eighth in the final race of the day – which could have been sixth but for a last lap mistake which cost him two places.
The 30-year-old admitted that he was surprised with his winning run in the current season, with his form prior to Croft interspersed with bad luck which had seen him also finish outside the points twice and a points-less weekend at Donington where an early accident ruled him out of all three races.
“To win four out of the last six races is a bit unheard of in this championship,” said Jordan to TouringCars.Net. “We’re on a bit of a roll and we’ve brought ourselves into contention.
“We should be happy with that – we just need to keep working at it and start nibbling away at Colin’s lead, hopefully.
“The last two weekends I’ve got absolutely everything I could have got out of the car in all three races, so if we keep doing that then rest should take care of itself.
“Obviously Donington was pretty bad luck, so we just need to avoid anything like that [again]. I’ve just got a really good feeling – to win five races out of the first twelve is a bit crazy.”
Jordan admitted that the pressure to catch points leader Colin Turkington, who is 26 points ahead leaving North Yorkshire, was in part to blame for him making a mistake on the last lap, allowing his team-mate and AmD’s Rory Butcher through.
“I was pushing a lot and knew it was Colin behind as well. I was determined to try and keep him behind and I made a little mistake and lost a couple of positions.
“It was my mistake, and I shouldn’t make many of them. It was a bit frustrating because it was on the last lap, but it was a good race.
“I had a bit of a run with Colin which was good fun and we had a bit of a laugh about it afterwards.”
The 2013 champion also believes that the rivalry between himself and Turkington is pushing them both along in the development of the new 330i M Sport.
“I think we’re pushing each other along. Last year I felt I was on Colin’s pace – in qualifying I definitely was, I felt I had more pace, but this year we’re just so evenly matched.
“It’s great because it pushes me on, it pushes him on, and it pushes the whole project on. He’s one of the best, he’s a three-time champion and he knows how to win the championship.
“It’s not all about pace; we’re just pushing the project on and the car on so much more because we’re up there.”