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‘On form’ Andrew Jordan ‘needs a bit of luck’ for Croft double

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan believes he will ‘need a bit of luck’ to take a double win in the British Touring Car Championship at Croft, despite winning race one by almost two seconds.

Jordan took victory at Croft from the BTC Racing Honda of Chris Smiley, taking his wins tally for this year to four and also meaning that almost all of his championship points have been earned by winning races.

As a result of the victory, Jordan moves from ninth in the drivers’ standings up to sixth, 27 adrift of WSR team-mate Colin Turkington.

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“It’s mad; all the podiums I’ve had have been wins, it’s crazy,” said Jordan to TouringCars.Net. “If we just keep doing that we’ll draw ourselves back into contention.

“We’re on form – the car feels really good, I feel really good. People straight away are asking if we can do the double again, but I’ll just focus on scoring points again in the next two. The main thing is to just keep racking up wins and points finishes and see where that gets us.”

The 30-year-old insisted that it was not an easy win, as he worked hard in his BMW 330i to get tyre temperature up on the North Yorkshire circuit.

“After the safety car I just pressed on to try and get a gap so that it gave me a bit of breathing space at the end. I think it looks easy, but I was working hard at it in the car.

“It’s so hard to get any temperature in, and in the rear-wheel drive cars where we’re at a disadvantage is that it’s so easy to lock a front [tyre] because you haven’t got any diff braking like you have in the front-wheel drive cars.

“That was tricky, but I just made sure I didn’t make any mistakes and could hit my markers every lap and that got the job done.”

Jordan will start race two from pole position after his fourth win of the year, with the WSR driver going from carrying 6 kg of success ballast up to the full 54 kg for winning race one.

With the winner of race one also winning race two at Croft in six of the past ten years, Jordan admits that taking a second straight win in race two could be odds-on.

“Hopefully in race two I can get out front and do my own race, and I’ll worry about race three when we get to it.

“It’s on the cards, but we need a bit of luck to go our way and stuff. I’m really not putting much focus on that.

“I need to rack up some points in these two and then we’ll be right there with the guys at the front.”

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