Andrew Jordan has been retained in the Team BMW West Surrey Racing’s line-up for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship.

With both defending champion Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant already signed up by the team for next season, the dominant force in BTCC will run an expanded driver line-up with Jordan next year.

Last year Jordan competed in a WSR-prepared BMW Pirtek Racing 330i M Sport but with the sponsor pulling out of BTCC at the end of this season the 2013 champion’s future looked uncertain.

But having finished runner-up to Turkington in 2019 and helping BMW to a fourth consecutive BTCC manufacturers’ title, Jordan will remain part of the team for 2020.

“I’m over the moon to make this announcement today,” Jordan said. “Ever since Pirtek – who have been incredible supporters of mine for a decade – told me that motorsport no longer featured in their plans last summer, I’ve been trying desperately to piece together a deal to remain in the BTCC with WSR.

“It’s taken a while, but thanks to BMW UK, WSR and our commercial partners, I can now go into Christmas knowing that my 2020 plans are sorted.

“After winning more races than anyone else and coming so close to winning my second BTCC title last year, the aim is to go one better and I absolutely have the best team around me I could possibly hope for to make that dream a reality. I can’t wait.”

Team principal Dick Bennetts confirmed he was keen to keep hold of Jordan for 2020 and is naturally delighted to complete the deal.

“I’m really pleased to be able to announce this news today,” Bennetts said. “AJ is one of the finest BTCC drivers not just of the current crop, but of this whole generation, and he showed incredible determination and fighting spirit this year to turn what could have been a complete loss after the Donington incident into a final-round battle for the championship.

“With Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and now AJ forming a three-pronged line-up and a BMW 330i M Sport that is undergoing a development programme during the winter, we have one of, if not the strongest line-ups in recent BTCC seasons and a car to challenge for more championships. Continuity is a key to success.”