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Jordan closes gap with fourth win
29 August 2013
Andrew Jordan has closed to within six points of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship lead having taken a fourth victory of the season at Knockhill.
The Pirtek Racing mane went into the Scottish weekend with a six place grid penalty hanging over his head, which meant he had to start the opening race of the weekend down in ninth place.
Having taken eighth in race one, Jordan broke into the top six in race two which then left him at the front of the grid thanks to the reverse grid draw in race three.
From pole position, Jordan was able to lead the race in its entirety to take his fourth victory of the campaign to close the gap on Matt Neal in the race for the title ahead of the eighth round of the year at Rockingham next month.
“In race one we made up two places initially and then Rob Collard, who was on the soft tyres, got past me, so I finished eighth,” he said. “In race two we got up to sixth and had a bit of a dice with Matt Neal. He was strong in some areas and I was strong in some others. It was so close and I couldn't find a gap.
“I got pole in the grid draw for race three. Collard was third on the grid and I thought he might jump us off the grid in the rear-wheel drive BMW. We were on the soft tyres as we put all our eggs in the one basket for race three. I got a really good start and Collard got ahead of Matt Neal for second. That bottled them up a bit and Matt couldn't really utilise his soft tyres.
“Then there was a safety car, which wiped out my lead of three and a half seconds. I knew I had to get a really good re-start and get back into my rhythm. I was able to take the gap back up to four seconds and I had bit left in case Matt got into second and came after me. It could have been a really bad weekend for us, but it turned out really well. It was what we needed from Knockhill and we've now got four wins this season.”
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