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Jordan predicts strong season for son.

Mike Jordan says he is confident that son Andrew will impress during the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship following the announcement that the teenager will drive for the works Vauxhall team this season.

Having initially announced plans to run a Vauxhall Vectra under the Team Eurotech banner, Jordan Jr will instead fill the third works Vectra for his second year in the BTCC; joining forces with double champions Fabrizio Giovanardi and Matt Neal.

The deal, announced at the annual Autosport International show, came after months of behind the scenes discussions and Jordan Sr said he was pleased to see everything come together.

"I'm over the moon," he told Crash.net. "It's been four months work to get to this point. Initially we had plans to run as an Independent car and we had gone a long way down the road with that. We had announced it just after the end of last season but there were some issues with sponsorship and it isn't cheap to run an independent car. Fortunately, Andrew went and performed out of his skin at the test at Guadix and this opportunity has presented itself.

"We still have some great sponsors giving us the support with this, but it's different for me now as my only function is to be Andy's driver coach. If it had been an independent team, then I would have been running the show as we have done previously, but it's not like that now. He has one of the best touring car bosses in history looking after him in Ian Harrison and I'm looking forward to it immensely."

Jordan added that he was hopeful that confirmation of the deal would bring an end to comments that had been made elsewhere questioning how independent the Eurotech entry would have been – with the initial plan having been for Jordan's team to run the car with support from Triple Eight; the team behind the works outfit.

"At least with him being in a proper factory car, we're not going to have to listen to the likes of [David] Bartrum and people moan that the independents' car wasn't an independent car because we seemed to have them beaten before the season even started," he said. "I know he was making a hoo-haa about it and even had Steven Kane saying 'we know it's a works car'. It wasn't a works car; it was going to be independent.

"I had read the rules carefully and discussed it with Alan Gow and we were going to kick their asses. At least they have an excuse for getting their asses kicked now..."


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Andrew Jordan - Unregistered

January 16, 2009 1:09 PM

Everyone is allowed there opinion as far as im concerned, but there was absolute reason for the 'rant', i wont go into it on here as if i started to list some of the **** ups over the last few years it could get very embarrassing for those involved. The reason for the 'rant' being taken off the website was because i was bombarded with txt messages the next day, from former team members moaning to me rather than picking up the phone to Mike, as i remeber it was him that ran the team not me so i couldnt quite understand why they didnt get in contact with him. Thankyou very much for all of your good luck wishes. AJ

Martin Woods - Unregistered

January 15, 2009 7:42 PM

Maybe lack of communication within a team was not the problem, maybe it was down to lack of honesty and dedication, who knows, there must be some reason for the so called 'rant'. What goes on behind the scenes of any team is only truly known by those involved. I find it absolutely astounding that people think so highly of themselves that they think that their opinion is valuable without knowing facts, reasons and the truth eg. the previous post. I'm sure that Mike Jordan must be terribly upset at the words of the Mr N Bolton, the thought of Mr N Bolton having changed his opinion of the team must surely be a devastatingly tragic worry to have on his mind. So yes, GOOD LUCK ANDREW :)



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