Andrew Jordan returns to the circuit where he took his first podium for Vauxhall as the opening round of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the super fast Thruxton track near Andover in Hampshire.

Jordan, who returns to the family run team after a year with Vauxhall works team, will pilot a Vauxhall Vectra prepared by new for 2010 Pirtek Racing, managed by father Mike.

Heading into his third season of BTCC race action he will be competing for the outright BTCC crown as well as the Independents crown, against 22 other competitors.

The official media day showed that this years field of cars will provide some close racing, with the top 14 cars from the test being within a second of the days fastest time, Jordan's NGTC engine powered Vectra finished the day with the 10th fastest time in the combined classification, having set a best time of 49.273s.

Speaking about the opening round of the 30 race Championship at Thruxton, Jordan said: “I really enjoy Thruxton, it's a great circuit, really high speed and it requires a lot of commitment throughout the lap. I have good memories of the circuit, in my first year I was challenging Plato for the lead after starting on pole and last year I scored my first podium with VX Racing, so hopefully it will be third time lucky for me this year.

“If we have reliability on our side, then I think this will be the first real opportunity where we can showcase of the potential of the NGTC Turbo Engine. The Vectra was quick around this circuit last season and with my experience of the chassis combined with the power of the engine, we are confident of challenging at the front.

“I'm more relaxed, focused and excited about this season than ever before. It's great to have the support of the family run team behind me as well as the tremendous backing we have from Pirtek, I just want to go out there and get them the results.”

The opening rounds of the season are live on ITV4 this weekend, 4th April, with coverage starting from 11am until 6pm.

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