Pirtek Racing has completed the first tests with the new NGTC-spec turbo engine that will be fitted to the car of Andrew Jordan for the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The Eurotech-run team tested at both Snetterton and Rockingham last week to become the first outfit to put mileage on the new engine, which will also be used by Pinkney Motorsport during the year ahead.
After team boss Mike Jordan completed the initial shakedown of the Vauxhall Vectra, Jordan Jr was then able to get his first taste of the car during the two days of testing and despite the mixed weather conditions, his early impressions of the engine were favourable.
“It was great to finally get the car out on track, when you've not been in the car all winter you begin to get a bit fidgety, so I was raring to go on Tuesday morning!” he said. “Unfortunately the weather hampered our development slightly, but we have made a good start.
“We have been building up speed and started to push the car on longer distances throughout the week. The engine adds a bit more weight over the front axle so we were working on reducing tyre wear on the front wheels over a long run and just getting the most out of the car. You can really feel the torque of the engine, especially out of the slow corners, so at tracks like Knockhill it should work really well.
“We are all very focused on getting the best out of the package and the team is working very closely with the engine manufacturers, Swindon Engines, who have been with us all week tracking our progress. Both sides are happy with how things are going but we are under no illusions how much more work there is to do with only six weeks to go until the first race at Thruxton.”