Andrew Jordan was left a frustrated figure at Donington Park, despite securing his maiden HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship pole and his best result to date during the third rounds of the year.
The teenager inherited pole at the Leicestershire circuit after team-mate Fabrizio Giovanardi was stripped of his times, but lost out to James Thompson for the lead going down the Craner Curves on the opening lap.
In challenging wet conditions, Jordan produced an assured drive to take the flag in second place, with team-mate Matt Neal following him home to complete a double podium for the Vauxhall squad.
Jordan slipped down to fourth at the start of race two after losing position to both Neal and Rob Collard, and attempted to follow Neal through when he made a move on Collard for position on lap five. However, contact with the Airwaves BMW at the Old Hairpin damaged the Vectra and forced Jordan into retirement.
From the back of the field in a wet final race, Jordan climbed through into the top ten but as the circuit dried out and his tyres started to wear, he slipped back to finish just outside the points in eleventh.
“I got a bit too much wheel spin off the start in race one and then was a bit too hot into the first corner and lost the back of the car which allowed James to get past me,” he said. “Nevertheless, it was my best result in touring cars so far, so I was pleased with it. In the second race I tried to follow Matt as he made a pass through the hairpin but I made contact with the rear of Collard's car on the exit. It was game over then because I had a problem with the left front, which was really disappointing.
“Race three was also frustrating because I had good pace in the car but I used my tyres up to quickly in the first part of the race. Once the tyres had gone off there was nothing else we could do. It was a very frustrating weekend in many ways, we seem to have one good race and then problems, the pole was fantastic and the podium in the first race was good, but we just need to have a weekend where we are consistently up there.”