Jordan gunning for pole on Motorbase debut

Former British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will be gunning for pole position at the first of asking for his new Motorbase squad at the Brands Hatch season opener.
Former British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan has already set his sights on clinching his first pole position with his new Motorbase Performance Ford squad at Brands Hatch in just over a weeks time.

The 2013 champion left Triple Eight Racing at the end of a winless 2015 campaign, before moving to his current Motorbase team, despite having just spent just one season with MG squad.

Assessing his first winter with the Ford Focus squad, Jordan says he's been pleased with what he has witnessed in his new surroundings but conceded the pecking order remains notoriously difficult to predict.

Jordan admitted that he was another to slightly underestimate the impact that the new RML package would have from the existing regulations.

"I'm looking forward to the new season. I'm in a happy place so time will tell. I've settled in well the team, I get on really well with them. I'm happy with the car and happy with the testing that we've managed to do. I'm just looking forward to racing," Jordan told

"I'm happy with where we are but I don't know where others are. It's all new suspension so it's all very different to last season. We've just focussed on what we're doing so we'll see where others when we get to qualifying at Brands Hatch.

"I think a lot of people, including myself to a certain extent, had the idea of just bolting the parts on and thinking it will be similar. But it's completely different so it's a big learning phase at the minute.

"Last season's in the past. As I say, the bulls**t stops at around 3pm Saturday afternoon at Brands Hatch. I'm enjoying my work at the minute but I won't be really happy until I'm stood back on the top step of the podium."

Through Mat Jackson's remarkable sequence of victories last season, certain figures questioned whether the Ford was just a one-trick pony with evident straight-line speed prowess of the Focus. But Jordan refuted those claims having driven the car directly after the season finale.

"I drove the car at the end of last year as they finished and the car was very strong. So we're just trying to get this new package as strong as that was," Jordan continues.

"We've had a slight boost adjustment so we've had to bring that down a little bit but I'm not too concerned about that really. I drove the car at Brands as they finished and it wasn't all engine, I can assure you. I was very happy with it."

Worryingly for the opposition, Jordan has likened his Pirtek liveried Focus to the feeling his championship winning Honda generated a few season's ago.

"It's a little bit easier. It feels more like the Honda did. But I feel like I fitted well into the car and we're just building different test programmes to build that knowledge of different changes when we get to Brands Hatch.

"It would be great to get a win, pole position and podiums but you need to play the long game also with the championship in the mind. I think we'll be challenging and I'll be going to Brands with the aim of putting it in pole," the Motorbase driver concluded.

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Andrew Jordan (GBR) Pirtek Racing Motorbase Ford Focus
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