Andrew Jordan pleased to edge closer in title fight despite ‘tough’ Thruxton

Andrew Jordan pleased to edge closer in title fight despite ‘tough’ Thruxton

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BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan was pleased to cut the deficit to standings leader Colin Turkington after what he described as a “tough” British Touring Car Championship weekend at Thruxton.

The 2013 champion qualified 13th and struggled in the midfield throughout the trio of races, with a best result of seventh coming in the second contest.

Despite not adding to his a silverware-laden 2019 campaign, Jordan said the fact he had cut Turkington’s lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 30 points was a “big positive,” and felt his and reigning champion Turkington’s pace had been almost identical throughout the day.

“It’s been a tough day, but the big positive is that I’ve taken some points out of Colin’s lead at the head of the championship,” said Jordan.

“Both of us carried a lot of ballast into the weekend and our pace has been pretty much identical all day.

Qualifying 13th determined the way our raceday was going to turn out, because with everybody so close on times, it’s just impossible to come through the field, even when the weight drops off.”

Jordan continued to say his BMW 330i M Sport had felt quick in clean air, and believes he could have made good progress in the final encounter if first-lap contact hadn’t hampered him.

T”he BMW was definitely fast in clear air though and I think if I’d got to the front, I could have had a real go,” he said.

“I was confident in Race Three when I got up to fourth off the line, but then I was hit about six times by Tom Ingram, dropped a load of positions.

“Then the rain came and on slick tyres, we can’t compete against the front-wheel-drive cars in those conditions.”