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Oulton Park: Jordan: Car was good enough for top six

Andrew Jordan: It's been a poor weekend, but we're not going to panic about it.
Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan says he's not going to panic over his disappointing Oulton Park weekend despite losing his BTCC championship lead.

The defending champion has slipped to third position in the title chase, almost 30-points adrift from the resurgent Colin Turkington who secured an impressive three podium finishes, including a double victory, at the Cheshire circuit.

Jordan, carrying the maximum 45 kilos of success ballast, had predicted an Oulton struggle but the Honda man barely featured on his way to a less than satisfactory 15th, tenth and eighth place finishes in the three races.

The 25-year old remains adamant a top-six starting slot from qualifying would have been on the cards had it not been for a red flag in the final ten minutes of the rain affected session, where he believes that hindered his chance of posting a hot lap.

“The car wasn't good in race one but if we'd qualified sixth or seventh, we'd have run where we qualified,” said Jordan.

“In race two, we lost the weight and that made the car better and we might have made a bit of progress, but not much.”

Jordan added, despite his team improving his Pirtek Civic for the second race once the weight dropped, there was simply nowhere to overtake around Oulton's International layout.

“With how good we made the car for race two and taking the weight out, starting from 15th I'd have expected to make the top six, but there was just nowhere to overtake,” he said.

“We had an eighth in the last race, but we just weren't there with the car. Normally in those conditions I'd have been confident of getting into the top six, but we just didn't have the pace.

“It's been a poor weekend, but we're not going to panic about it. It all stemmed from qualifying because we've seen from the racing today that there's just been no overtaking.”



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