BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan feels he is now “well in the title fight” after closing down the deficit to standings leader Colin Turkington in a dramatic Knockhill weekend which could have major championship implications.
The 2013 champion qualified third for the opening contest, then jumped Dan Cammish at the start and set about challenging polesitter Rory Butcher for the win.
The pair swapped positions on the final lap but Butcher just held on despite carrying a gearbox issue, which allowed Jordan alongside and through before Butcher regained the lead.
In the second encounter, Jordan used the superior traction of his rear-wheel drive BMW to good effect, gaining a lead at the start which he never relinquished to secure his sixth victory of the season, while title rival Colin Turkington failed to score points after a clash with Butcher.
In the third race, it was Jordan’s turn for a non-score after unfortunate contact with the spinning Senna Proctor on the exit of the chicane.
Despite this, Jordan has now closed to within 10 points of Turkington in the standings, with Team Dynamics’ Dan Cammish only a further point behind.
“It has been a massive weekend championship-wise; I needed that,” said Jordan.
“Since we rolled the BMW out on Saturday, it has been absolutely fantastic, we hardly made any changes to it, just a few clicks here and there.
“We came close to the win in Race One, but it was still great points; Race Two, however I was fully focused on getting out front and pulling away – that win was mine. I could just pump the laps in and bridge the gap, all credit must go to the team considering the weight we had on.”
Despite obvious disappointment at losing out in the final race, Jordan is keen to focus on the positives, closing the gap by 20 points to Turkington at the Fife circuit.
“What happened in Race Three was unfortunate; what’s important is that we’ve taken 20 points off Colin and we’re well in the title fight now.”