Andrew Jordan and the newly formed Pirtek Racing have put their 2010 Vauxhall Vectra through its paces, with the new for 2010 Next Generation Touring Car engine powering the former works car.
20 year old Jordan, who raced for the works Vauxhall outfit in 2009, will be entering into his season of BTCC, and his second in the family team, having made his debut alongside father Mike in a Honda Integra in 2008.
The past week has seen Mike, Andrew and the team test and work on developments for the car, and it was Mike who got to put the car through its paces first, with a shakedown test Monday, dealing with straight line tests and working with Swindon Engines, to work on the intricate engine mappings.
Andrew took to the track in the 2 litre; 300bhp turbo charged petrol engine powered Vectra for the first time at an icy Snetterton track in Norfolk on the Tuesday, and was able to gather knowledge of how the Vectra would work with the new power plant. The Jordan's engine is one of the first NGTC Engines to take to the track.
Wednesday saw the team head to a wet Rockingham in Northamptonshire, and they were able to work on a full wet weather setup for the car.
The amount of progress that has been made during the week has pleased Andrew: “It was great to finally get the car out on track, when you've not been in the car all winter you begin to get a bit fidgety, so I was raring to go on Tuesday morning! Unfortunately the weather hampered our development slightly, but we have made a good start.
“We have been building up speed and started to push the car on longer distances throughout the week. The engine adds a bit more weight over the front axle so we were working on reducing tyre wear on the front wheels over a long run and just getting the most out of the car. You can really feel the torque of the engine, especially out of the slow corners, so at tracks like Knockhill it should work really well.
“We are all very focused on getting the best out of the package and the team is working very closely with the engine manufacturers, Swindon Engines, who have been with us all week tracking our progress. Both sides are happy with how things are going but we are under no illusions how much more work there is to do with only six weeks to go until the first race at Thruxton.”
Pirtek Racing will take to the track again next week to carry on their preparations for the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, ahead of the official Media Day, which will take place at Brands Hatch, Kent on the 23rd March.