BMW Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan says securing a place on the second row of the grid for race one at Thruxton serves as a good confidence boost following his heavy shunt at Donington Park three weeks ago.

Jordan set the third fastest time during today's [Saturday] 30-minute qualifying shootout after outpacing his three-time champion team mate Colin Turkington, who qualified in fourth.

Following a red flag, Jordan entered the final five minutes of the session sitting at the top of the timesheets, but was ultimately unable to prevent a late Honda surge from Sam Tordoff and Dan Cammish in demoting him onto the second row in third.

Nevertheless, Jordan says the positives from qualifying outweigh the negatives as the 2013 BTCC champion looks to reignite his title challenge by being the highest points scorer of the weekend.

"I’m happier than I am disappointed," Jordan told Crash.net. "It would’ve been great to get pole but they were quicker. They pipped us at the end. I’m just happy to be up the sharp end, where we should be.

"I feel comfortable in the car again. It’s nice to have a confidence boost after Donington. I’m happy and we’re in a position where we can score some strong points, which is the main aim.

"I think we can challenge for wins and podiums but equally, my aim is to come out top points scorer tomorrow, even if that means getting three sixth place finishes.

"I need to get some points on the board. That’s the plan of attack."

With his BMW 330i M Sport requiring extensive repair work to its roll cage and left hand side of the car, Jordan paid testament to everyone involved in getting the car back on track this weekend.

Jordan himself required a precautionary check in hospital but the 29-year old says he's feeling no discomfort when on track.

"It’s a nice way to bounce back for myself, but also for all the work that’s gone on the car. The car was in a very bad way. Credit to everyone involved to come back and have my best qualifying of the year," Jordan continued.

"The ribs are a bit tender now and then but I don’t feel anything out on circuit. I think I might feel a bit tired from it tomorrow evening but the adrenaline is great and I don’t feel anything driving.

"We had to replace a lot of the roll cage and a lot of the side of the car. They’ve done a very good job."

Comments

Loading Comments...