Andrew Jordan and the Pirtek Racing outfit are looking to build on the speed shown at Thruxton when they take to the track for rounds four, five and six of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northamptonshire.
The opening round of the season at Thruxton, over the Easter weekend showed that the brand new TOCA NGTC engine and the Vauxhall Vectra chassis proved to be a good partnership, after twenty year old Jordan set the fourth best time during qualifying.
The weekend didn't provide the results for the team however; a puncture caused a retirement, added with an electrical problem. There were promising signs for the midlands based team – Jordan showed that the package will be a potent one with some competitive lap times during the three races.
Speaking ahead of the Rockingham race weekend, Jordan said: “We know that the speed is definitely there in the car, I even think there is even more to come. I left Thruxton pretty gutted that we hadn't managed to use our pace to score points, but we had some things go against us in terms of luck and we didn't fulfil the potential of the car.
“This weekend we really have to get some points on the board, I would really like to take away a podium from one of the races and hopefully an Independent class win, but obviously the main goal is to go for outright victories which I'm confident we can achieve. We aren't carrying any success ballast on the car into qualifying at Rockingham, so that's one factor which we will need take advantage of and hopefully have a top three grid slot to set us up for the races.
“I had a podium at Rockingham last year and challenged for the lead for several laps, so we know the Vauxhall runs well there. This year with the NGTC Turbo engine I'm confident the car will be even stronger and we can hopefully run at the front again.”
The free practice and qualifying sessions take place on Saturday, with the three races on Sunday, with race one due to start at 11.20am, on ITV4's live BTCC coverage showing races one and two before race three being shown in an extended highlights programme later in the evening.