Andrew Jordan has revealed that with three rostrum finishes already under his belt for VX Racing in the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, his target is to ascend the top step between now and season's end.
In only his second year in the hotly-contested tin-top series, Jordan has built upon the form he displayed in 2008, registering podiums at Thruxton, Donington Park and Oulton Park and putting his Vauxhall Vectra on pole position at Donington. Knockhill last time out, however, yielded nothing better than a brace of seventh places and a tenth, putting a dent in his pursuit of a top five overall championship finish – and, he affirms, leaving him fired-up in the extreme as the BTCC circus arrives at Silverstone this weekend.
“They were points-scoring results, yeah, but not the results I wanted,” he candidly reflected of his cross-border trio, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
. “We all struggled a bit on the Saturday in qualifying – we were the second Vauxhall then. The first race was okay, but in the second race we got hit, which bent the front upright and didn't help things; that dropped us from about sixth down to twelfth, and I got back up to tenth in the end.
“The last one was alright – a close, hard-fought race – but it was just a bit disappointing that the weekend wasn't what I had been expecting or wanting, so I'm looking forward to getting three points-scoring results at Silverstone. Maybe all on the podium would be very nice...
“I think it will be good. I think the Chevrolets will be very quick here with the three long straights we've got, but I think the Vauxhalls will be in good stead too – and hopefully quicker than the Bee-Emms and Mr Turkington!”
Looking beyond Silverstone, the BTCC will head to the love-it-or-hate-it Rockingham and Brands Hatch GP circuit, and Jordan is confident of a strong run at both, even if he concedes that the former will likely be BMW territory. What's more, the 20-year-old knows he needs good results if he is to accomplish his goal of claiming fifth in the final drivers' standings – from which he is currently separated by 33 points.
“I really enjoy driving Rockingham,” enthused the erstwhile BTRDA Junior Rallycross Champion, “though I think it's more of a rear wheel-drive suited circuit, because you've got a lot of slow corners leading to short, sharp acceleration. That's where the rear wheel-drive cars do excel with their better traction, so I think the Bee-Emms will be hard to beat round there – but we'll give it our best shot!
“Brands GP will be a good one, and I imagine looking how the championship is going at the minute, it will go down to the wire. That will make for good racing there, and I'm sure there will be sparks... I'd like to get fifth in the championship. To be honest, we've had a few DNFs which for us has made the championship pretty irrelevant really. Now I just want to be fast and get some podiums and wins, but fifth is definitely in reach, so we might as well go for that as well as going for those wins.”