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BTCC Thruxton 2013: Jordan disappointed to miss out

9 May 2013

Andrew Jordan admitted he was disappointed to miss out on a victory during the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

The Pirtek Racing man was on the pace throughout the weekend in Hampshire but bad luck prevented him from adding to the victory he secured in the previous meeting at Donington Park.

Jordan had stormed to pole position for the second successive season at the fastest circuit on the calendar and looked set to snare victory in race one before he picked up a puncture while leading on the final lap.

“I felt a vibration start with three or four laps to go, so I was really backing it off,” he said. “The tyre started to go as I went through Noble on the last lap. It's just one of those things and a classic Thruxton problem: there was nothing I could do about it. I was just able to drag the car round to the flag and take eleventh place.”

Race two saw Jordan fight his way forwards into the podium positions to leave him third going into the final lap. However, his hopes of a top three finish were ended on the final lap once again as a moment at Church allowed defending champion Gordon Shedden to find a way through [See separate story HERE].

“On the last lap, Onslow-Cole was slow out of Goodwood and bottled me up, which allowed Shedden to get a run on me,” he said. “I just dropped a rear wheel on the grass as I turned into Church and had a big sideways slide at about 130mph. It was a massive moment and it was the save of my career so far!”

Race three finally saw Jordan take a podium finish as he came home third behind Shedden and Matt Neal to complete an all-Honda podium, although he admitted to frustration at not turning his pace into a victory.

“We bounced back well after the disappointment of race one,” he said. “To be in contention at the end of this season I think you have to show how you can come back from those moments, and we did that.

“Of course, considering the pace we showed this weekend it's really frustrating not to have taken a win, but there's been a lot of positives too. We'll keep pushing because we're in the hunt for the championship.”

Jordan however retains the Independents' points lead ahead of the Toyota of Adam Morgan.