Having battled back to full health after suffering a stomach virus at Knockhill, Andrew Jordan will hope to make the most of home knowledge as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Donington Park this weekend.
Jordan became the youngest driver to secure pole in BTCC history when he took top spot in qualifying at the East Midlands circuit last season, although that record has since been broken by Alex MacDowall.
While he admits it will be tough to repeat that pole-winning form this time around, Jordan heads into the weekend optimistic of a strong showing at the wheel of his Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra with confidence high that the NGTC engine will be a benefit on Donington's long straights.
“I think getting pole at Donington this season will potentially be tougher than last season - not least because we are in the latter stages of the championship battle and everyone will be stepping up their game,” he said. “That aside, the Vectra has proven capabilities at Donington and I finished second there last year, so we will go out there to do the best we can with our package.
“The turbo engine will once again prove to be an asset to us on the long straights, and now with the British weather becoming cooler, we should have optimum performance from it. With only two rounds left it'd be good to achieve some podium finishes before the end of the year and if things start heating up between the championship contenders, we are well placed to step up and take some points whilst they are fighting between themselves.
“It is great to be going to Donington to race his weekend, especially after the turmoil it went through of bidding for the Grand Prix. I regard it as my home event and receive plenty of support from everyone there, so it's great it has made it on to the BTCC calendar and I can't wait to go racing this weekend.”