BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan returns to the scene of the double win he scored earlier in the year at Thruxton this weekend, where he will be aiming to reduce the 35-point deficit to British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington.
Jordan memorably scored two straight victories at Thruxton in May, as he then entered the meeting off the back of a non-scoring weekend at the previous round and thus had no ballast on board his car at the start of the weekend.
The 30-year-old will have to carry 48 kg of weight heading into this weekend, but Jordan is still confident of challenging for wins on the fast and flowing circuit.
“I think we should be strong at Thruxton and I’m looking forward to it,” said Jordan. “I had a good double win there in May when we had the BMW absolutely flying.
“I feel we are going back with a car that is better now than it was then. It’s changed quite a bit because we’ve been picking up more data every time we have been on track and constantly making improvements.
“Of course, I have to carry some weight into the weekend this time around but even with that onboard, I’m confident that we can be strong and I’m heading for Thruxton with the aim of trying to win some races.
“We were strong with no ballast in race one, and then also fast in race two, so we can take plenty of confidence from that weekend, even though the temperatures should be a fair bit higher this time, which will provide an extra challenge.
“We played things pretty safe at Snetterton and lost a couple of points to Colin, so now’s the stage where I have to really start pulling points back on him to make this title fight go the distance.
“If he has any bad luck, I need to be in position to gain from it.”
WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts has emphasised the fact that Jordan is allowed to fight with Turkington for the title, despite the fact that the two drivers are run out of the same stable.
“AJ wants to win the title; pure and simple,” said Bennetts. “He’s had more podiums than anyone else this year and the same number of wins as Colin.
“He’s going to race Colin and everyone else for this championship and I think this is going to be a fantastic second half of the season for all the fans that come to the circuits and watch on television.
“We allow our drivers to race hard and clean!”