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Thruxton: Jordan: Our championship starts here

Having topped FP1, Motorbase Performance's Andrew Jordan says pole position has to be the aim while stating his championship charge must begin here at Thruxton.
Motorbase Performance's Andrew Jordan says his British Touring Car Championship challenge will effectively begin here at Thruxton this weekend having suffered an indifferent start to the 2016 campaign.

The 2013 BTCC champion has emerged from the opening two BTCC weekends sitting eleventh in the points standings but his impressive practice form - top in and FP1 and second in the following session - indicates the possibility of a renaissance.

Jordan is renowned as something of a specialist around the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit having taken three previous pole positions at the venue during his career.

Jordan reiterated that finding the ultimate qualifying lap must be followed up by unlocking a suitable race set up on what is a tyre dependent circuit.

"It's a good way to start the weekend," Jordan told Crash.net following FP1. "The car felt good and it was a bit of a cautious lap actually as it was only my first flying lap. I'm happy and we're in the ballpark so it's looking good.

"We're going to work on race set up because of how hot it is here. You've got to be on the ball by looking after the front tyres as a driver and also finding the right car set up.

"The pace felt good. I did a 16.8 during FP1 in 2014 so we're sort of in the ballpark of where we need to be."

Following an 'impressive' test day between Donington Park and this weekend, Jordan admits his Motorbase squad are now in a better condition to fine-tune the Ford Focus to the demands of this particular circuit layout.

"It's the first time where we've really rolled a car out knowing we can just fine tune it for the circuit," the Red Bull athlete continued.

"We've done a fair bit of work at the test day which we carried out. It was a really impressive test with what we found and we what worked on. It's a long weekend here and Saturday is such a small percentage of it."

Sitting 38-points off Honda's Matt Neal in the championship lead, Jordan cites the importance of achieving three strong points finishes, especially around the notoriously unpredictable Thruxton circuit.

"You've got to get through three races without any punctures. It's almost like scoring double points here because it's so easy to get a non-finish, or certainly finish way down," said Jordan.

"The championship starts here for us. The aim is to get pole position. If not, I'm sure we'll find ourselves up at the sharp end. I love this place so it's nice to drive round."



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