Andrew Jordan admitted he was disappointed at missing out on a potential podium during his home round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Donington Park.
The Pirtek Racing driver had found himself on the back foot after the opening race of the Donington weekend after he was one of the drivers to be caught up in the multi-car incident at Goddards, which left his team with work to do to repair the damaged Vauxhall Vectra for race two.
From 20th on the grid in race two, Jordan did well to race through to ninth place which handed him pole for the final race thanks to the reverse grid draw.
Leading through the early laps ahead of title hopeful Matt Neal, Jordan suddenly suffered oversteer going into Redgate on lap four and lost the lead as the rear of his car suddenly snapped sideways, with Rob Collard then taking second at the Old Hairpin when Jordan was hit by the same problem.
The issue then seemed to rectify itself and Jordan ran third until the penultimate lap when he ran side-by-side with Jason Plato down the Craner Curves only to be forced wide through the Old Hairpin – which dropped him back to seventh.
“Donington didn't reap the results I would have hoped, especially with the pole position in the final race,” he said. “After the mammoth effort the Pirtek Racing boys put in after race one to get the car back out for the second race of the day, I would have loved to reward them with a podium.
“We made a few set up changes on the car for the last race to try and loosen it up a little and capitalise on the pole position, but we probably went a bit too far and it was quite a handful. With the new TOCA Turbo engine, we need a lot of engine cooling, but we reduced the ducting to the brakes which has compromised the car under braking into the corners. When Plato came up alongside us at the hairpin the best I could do was to try and stick it out and go along with him but unfortunately he pushed me out wide and onto the grass.
“It's not the result we wanted to be honest, I'm pleased we've scored more points, and once again we have shown we can run up at the front and hold our own, but the season has just gone too quickly. We need a good result a Brands Hatch to end on a high.”