BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan says he is “really proud” to have taken the 2019 British Touring Car Championship title fight down to the wire especially after bouncing back from a disastrous Donington Park round.
The 2013 champion secured six victories across the 2019 campaign – more than any other driver – and eventually finished as runner-up to WSR stablemate Colin Turkington after missing out by just two points.
Jordan came into the Brands Hatch season finale 17 points adrift of leader Turkington and chipped away at the deficit as Turkington was caught up in controversial drama and Honda’s Dan Cammish took the standings advantage heading into the very last race.
In the final encounter, Jordan climbed to fourth position but with critical title drama panning out behind as Turkington scythed through to sixth from 25th while Cammish crashed out, Jordan ultimately fell two points short.
Despite being “pretty gutted” at how close he came to becoming a double champion, Jordan admitted he was proud to have fought back in the fashion he did after injury prevented him from competing in two of the three Donington Park races following a heavy shunt in race one.
“I’m really proud of the way I’ve performed this year and of the job done by the team at BMW Pirtek Racing and WSR,” said Jordan.
“Right now, I feel pretty gutted to have missed the championship by two points – which is one position in the final race – but we’ve won more races than anybody else, led more laps than anybody else and pushed Colin [Turkington] harder than any of his team-mates have in his title-winning seasons.
“We’ve done all that, and missed two races at Donington after the big crash in Race One there.”
After losing his main sponsor Pirtek at the end of this season, Jordan’s future in the series is uncertain.
Reflecting on his “great” time with the WSR-run manufacturer BMW operation, Jordan is keen to return to the squad if he can.
“I’ve had three great years here, helped BMW win the Manufacturers’ title every time, and had stronger and stronger seasons,” he said.
“This is where I want to be next year and I hope we can all make it happen.”