After a tough start to the year at Thruxton, Andrew Jordan
kick-started his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign with three top ten finishes at Rockingham.
The Pirtek Racing driver endured a wretched weekend at Thruxton to leave him pointless heading to round two, but three solid finishes allowed him to jump up into the top ten in the championship standings.
Jordan qualified eighth on the grid and elected to gamble on a mixture of slick and wet tyres for the opening race on a damp circuit. The move allowed the youngster to move up the order in the early stages, although he slipped back seventh at the finish as those drivers who had chosen to run slicks all round made the most of the conditions.
Despite a lack of front-end grip in the closing stages, Jordan added a fifth place finish in race two before taking fourth in race two, allowing him to climb to ninth in the championship standings.
“We can reflect and saw we made the wrong decision on tyres [in race one] but to be honest it was a tough call to make and the track dried out much quicker than we expected it to, so we were caught out,” he reflected afterwards. “I had a great battle with Tom (Onslow-Cole) in the latter stages, I'd get close but then on the straights it was hard to keep with him, the LPG engine is really quick in a straight line, but it was great to grab the place and the points after a strong fight.
“We had good pace in the opening laps of each of the races but we struggled with tyre wear. The NGTC engine puts added weight over the front causing them to wear quicker, however we made progress in each race and we have to take that on to Brands Hatch to continue improving. I was also really pleased with the development we have made on our race starts, the turbo sometimes spins its wheels like it did at Thruxton, but in each race I made good progress off the line.
“Three full race distances and three solid points' results is a really good way of finishing a race weekend, but after running in a podium position in two of the races I must admit I'm disappointed we didn't score one. We lost the places to BMW's and this is characteristically a circuit which favours them, now we move on to Brands Hatch which in turn should suit our car and I'm really looking forward to it.”