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..."