Andy Jordan was delighted to secure his maiden podium finish in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship after a fine drive in the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park.
The John Guest Racing teenager had starred earlier in the season at Thruxton but arrived at Oulton looking to get his campaign back on track following a difficult weekend at Snetterton last time out – where he failed to see the chequered flag in any of the three races.
Jordan qualified in a solid tenth place on the grid at the wheel of his Honda Integra, although he could only finish outside the points in 13th place in race one but then battled his way into ninth place in the second race – which gave him pole position for the final race of the weekend.
The teenager managed to hold the lead off the start of the race although he slipped behind Gordon Shedden soon after the restart following an early Safety Car period. However, Jordan then drove a fine race to hold second until two laps from home when Adam Jones slipped through into second place and he held third to the flag despite the best efforts of Mat Jackson to take the final step on the podium on the last lap.
“I feel like I've pulled a muscle in my stomach after dad grabbed me and pulled me through the air!” he said. “The Thruxton meeting probably made this feel better, to finally get a podium. It also makes up for Snetterton as I went there with high hopes after a good test, and it took me a while to get over that weekend when my hopes were totally slashed. To get this podium is mega.
“Off the first start I got away well and got a good gap after one lap and then we had the Safety Car. I'd never done a restart so dad told me how to do it. I got a good restart and then made a mistake out of Druids and Gordon got me through Lodge. To be fair I was trying to just control the gap and I could see Adam and Mat fighting behind me so I thought it was my chance but I made a mistake at the hairpin and Adam managed to get past. I could have fought round the outside into the Chicane but I wouldn't have ended in tears so I gave that one up – and then I nearly did the same thing on the next lap to let Mat through!
“Luckily he couldn't get on the throttle and when he did, he had a bit of a slide and that gave me a bit of a gap. Into Lodge I braked it up early so he had to go wide and that was it.
“From the start the car felt good although I could feel a bit of understeer creeping in so I backed off a little. That is where the experience comes in and I am getting more and more experience with each race.”