2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan says he is satisfied with the first shakedown of the year with the Triple Eight Racing MG6 GT at Brands Hatch and explains the feeling isn't too dissimilar to the Honda he drove last year.

The 25-year-old driver was getting to grips with the new team and new car after switching from Eurotech Racing, ending a long-term partnership which saw Jordan claim the BTCC title two years ago.

Jordan defected to the factory MG team for the 2015 season and said the differences between the two cars are very small but the Swindon engine pack a more powerful punch.

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"First impressions are that the general feeling's pretty similar to be honest," Jordan said. "It is all the same running gear, so there aren't too many differences in terms of fundamentals. The Swindon engine has different characteristics to the Honda, which I thought it would based on my experience in 2010. I think the engine will be more challenging to drive, which I'll enjoy, because the power comes in more aggressively than on the Honda."

The Lichfield-based driver also admits the cold and overcast weather at Brands Hatch was not ideal and he hopes to try new components at the next test, when a number of BTCC teams will come together for a two day test at Thruxton.

Jordan notched up 70 laps on his first day with the new MG despite track temperature falling to as low as two degrees at some points.

"The conditions haven't been ideal and the Indy circuit at Brands doesn't give me much chance to evaluate the aero, which I know is a strong characteristic of the MG," Jordan said. "I'm looking forward to visiting Thruxton next week because there's a lot I want to try there.

"The car is great, as you'd expect from a 2014 title challenger its very quick and rides the kerbs well. It's hard to be too accurate with the assessment as it was so cold that the tyres were warmer when I came in and crossed them than after a ten-lap run. That said, it's important to get out as early as possible in February.
"The UK weather can be any number of things, but I'm really happy to be here today and to have gotten on track early."

Jordan, who has 14 BTCC race wins to his name, is gearing up for the BTCC season-opener on 4-5 April at Brands Hatch and is confident he can become a title contender once again.

"We've been on pole the last two times here on the Indy circuit at Brands and I think that has something to do with us being early to test and experiencing conditions that we'll probably face at the first race. In 2013 it snowed a bit, so you have to be ready for low temperatures and a track with varying grip.

"This test has provided us with a couple of interesting ideas for things to try. We've got another test here in a few weeks time, which I hope will be dry. I'd love to repeat last year's form and get pole plus a couple of wins. That's my aim because it would make a cracking statement."