Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing are raring to go for this weekend's second round of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship around the Rockingham oval – and bidding to turn the raw pace shown throughout the Thruxton curtain-raiser into solid on-track results.
The TOCA NGTC Turbo engine and eye-catchingly-liveried Vauxhall Vectra chassis proved to be a potent combination around the Hampshire circuit's fast sweepers three weeks ago, with a superb fourth spot in a wet qualifying session for the ex-VX Racing star backed up by impressively and consistently quick lap times on a dry race day.
Sadly, however, luck was not on Jordan's side on Easter Sunday, with the unwelcome attentions of a rather over-eager Team Aon rival Tom Onslow-Cole
in race one, a puncture around the notoriously tyre-punishing track after battling his way up from 14th to fifth in race two and a misfire and loss of power in race three all contriving to leave the 20-year-old empty-handed come the end of the meeting.
However, with strong previous form at Rockingham and the determination of both Jordan and his Midlands-based team to make amends in style in round two, hopes and objectives heading to Northamptonshire are high indeed.
“We know that the speed is definitely there in the car, and I even think there is even more to come,” underlined the former British Rallycross Champion. “I left Thruxton pretty gutted that we hadn't managed to use our pace to score points, but we had some things go against us in terms of luck and we didn't fulfil the potential of the car.
“This weekend we really have to get some points on the board. I would really like to take away a podium from one of the races and hopefully an Independent class win, but obviously the main goal is to go for outright victories which I'm confident we can achieve.
“We aren't carrying any success ballast on the car into qualifying at Rockingham, so that's one factor which we will need to take advantage of and hopefully have a top three grid slot to set us up for the races.
“I had a podium at Rockingham last year and challenged for the lead for several laps, so we know the Vauxhall runs well there. This year with the NGTC Turbo engine I'm confident the car will be even stronger, and we can hopefully run at the front again.”