Andrew Jordan will move to the works Vauxhall team for the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season, with a deal being inked at the Autosport International show to see the youngster join up with Fabrizio Giovanardi and Matt Neal.

Crash.net took the chance to meet up with Andrew to discuss the move...

Crash.net:
Andrew, you're moving into the works team with Fabrizio and Matt. How did the deal come about?

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Andrew Jordan:
To be honest, we have been talking about it for a while now and we had a really good test out in Spain. Then we started to press on and get the deal done and I am over the moon; I can't stop smiling.

Crash.net:
How big is this opportunity for someone who is still in his teens and only going into his second season in the BTCC?

Andrew Jordan:
It's a huge opportunity. Last year was a good year and we did what we needed to do and proved we had good pace. This year I am hoping for big things to be fair. I have shown I have the pace and I need to learn as well.

Being with Fabrizio and Matt gives me a great chance to learn as much as possible and get as much coverage as we can for our sponsors as they are very important. With times as they are, they are very loyal sponsors as well. Pirtek have stepped up to be the primary sponsor so they have seen the opportunity and are hoping for big things as well.

Crash.net:
You learned a lot from your dad last year, but what can you learn this year alongside two double BTCC champions?

Andrew Jordan:
You can learn different things from everyone and will never stop learning. What I have learned from dad, I can take to Vauxhall and Fabrizio and Matt have won the title for the last four years.

Fabrizio is good at knowing when to push and go for a race win and when to just go for points, but to be honest, I'm not looking at the title, I'm looking at being fast and getting as many wins and podiums as I can so I get as many points for VX Racing as possible. I'd be disappointed if we didn't win a race.

Crash.net:
But if you find yourself in the mix, there is chance to show the older guys how to do it.

Andrew Jordan:
Yeah there is, but like I say I'm not looking at the championship. I'm going to drive the car as fast as I can and the lads will do a great job preparing it. If, half way through the season, I am right there then I'm not going to turn down the chance to go for it am I, but I'm not looking at that at the moment.

Crash.net:
How did the Vectra compare to the Integra during your test in Spain?

Andrew Jordan:
It's a little bit better in every area. The traction is very good and the drop-off of the tyres is very impressive. We did a long run so we can see how good the tyres will be at the end of the race. Obviously, circuits will vary and somewhere like Thruxton is hard on tyres although the Vauxhall suits the fast and flowing circuits.

I'm excited about Brands and Thruxton as I love that circuit and Tom Onslow-Cole did a great job there last year. I'm very excited about the year ahead and am buzzing at the moment.

Crash.net:
Is there a lot more testing planned?

We have a test in Spain at the start of February then will do a couple of tests when we get back, including the Media Day and the official test at Brands Hatch. We have days defined to go and test and I have to get on with the job.

Crash.net:
Do you think it will be easy to settle into the team as you grew up around the guys at Eurotech?

Andrew Jordan:
I think I've settled in quite well already - although I don't know what they think! My engineer, who was dad's engineer for the past two years, is also my best mate so me and Adam are hoping for big things. We are both focused and determined to get good results. It's all about being a good team player and scoring as many points as possible for VXR. They are a great bunch of guys and very focused on winning; that's all they want to do.

Ian Harrison is the same and I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of H! I like him, he is my kind of guy and doesn't talk any rubbish, he just says it as it is. They are all focused on winning and as Mike Nicholson said earlier, we'll be hard to beat.