19 year old rookie Andy Jordan will be joining the Elf Renault Clio Cup field for the final two rounds of the 2010 campaign at Brands Hatch this weekend. Not to be confused with his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship namesake, Jordan will be making his debut in the series, driving for the Total Control Racing outfit.
The weekend will be a steep learning curve for the youngster, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, who only made his competitive motorsport debut just over a week ago. As well as that appearance in the BRSCC Arrowpak Euro Saloons Championship at Anglesey, the only prior track experience Jordan has is track days in an older model Clio Cup race car.
Despite this, Jordan is looking forward to the event and hoping to gain as much experience from it as possible. He said: “It'll be a huge challenge but I'm just going to go out there and enjoy it. We never planned to be racing in the Clio Cup this weekend – it's definitely a goal a year or two from now but my Dad spoke with Lee (Brookes – TCR team principal) regarding our track day car and he mentioned the team had a car available for the last two rounds.
“It'd have been silly not to take such a great opportunity. I know I've got so much to learn and I'm going to be at the back, plus I've never used slick tyres competitively before, but it's a fantastic chance to experience the championship and to benefit from working with a great team like TCR.”
Jordan takes the place of series regular Sam Tordoff in the Total Control Racing line-up, who will be making his British Touring Car Championship debut instead, and will be joining the teams regular drivers Mike Robinson and James Dixon at Brands. TCR's team boss Lee Brookes commented, saying: “We're really looking forward to working with Andy at the weekend, it's always great to help develop new drivers and I'm sure he's going to have a great time. It'll be really tough, there's no doubt about that, as the Clios are as competitive as ever but Andy just needs to enjoy himself and learn as much as possible.”