Triple Eight Engineering Team Principal Ian Harrison called the decision to bring former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan to his team for the new season 'a no-brainer' and he will be a perfect replacement for the outgoing Jason Plato.

Jordan agreed to team up with the factory MG after parting company with Eurotech Racing and the switch sees him return to the team he worked with in 2009, when aged 19 he became the youngest driver ever to earn a pole position in BTCC's history at Donington Park.

Harrison said 2015 would be a tricky year for his team after needing to find a new driver with suitable pedigree to replace two-time BTCC champion Plato.

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"We knew that we were coming to a bit of a crossroads for 2015, so we had to go out and try and find a replacement for Plato, which is difficult," Harrison said. "There aren't many people out there who can replace a driver like that. We looked around and Andrew was the obvious choice.

"His age, his profile and his speed - which goes without saying - make him a pretty straightforward choice; it was a bit of a no-brainer for us."

Jordan brings with him a heavyweight sponsor in the shape of Pirtek but Harrison said the commercial benefits were not a deciding factor on his decision to bring in the 14-time race winner.

"It was a commercial decision from their side, not ours; but it gave us an opportunity to change things around and that's sometimes not a bad thing," Harrison said.

The team principal paid tribute to Plato and thanked his former driver for all his efforts over the past three years, which saw an impressive 12 pole-positions, 20 victories and 1,115 points. Plato also helped the Greatworth-based team bag the manufacturer-constructor title last season.

Harrison hopes to run a second factory MG along with Jordan's Pirtek-backed car for the upcoming season and is aiming for a younger driver who is eager to cut his BTCC teeth.

"We would be looking for a younger driver. With manufacturers trying to sell a big volume of small-sized cars, the guys that normally buy those are the 21-year-olds. The manufacturers need guys that they can use to do that, so a choice that supports that is the best one for us," Harrison added. "We have options, but it is not sorted out yet."