The lead trio in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship may be clear at the top of the standings but Andrew Jordan was delighted after taking his first win of the campaign at Snetterton.
The Pirtek Racing driver sandwiched the success in race two with a third in race one and fifth in race three to record his best weekend of the season, and trim the gap to table-topper Matt Neal by 13 points to 37.
Jordan is still an outside shot for the title even with 12 races left on the calendar but believes more weekend like the one in Norfolk will mean he has a say in where the title goes.
“We’re certainly not out of it and a couple more days like that could really get us into the title battle,” said Jordan, who ran at the front all weekend. “We could have been fastest [in qualifying] by a couple of tenths of a second. From fourth on the grid we thought out tyre wear would be better, but it would be hard to race forward.
“In the [first] race I got stuck behind Dave Newsham for a bit and he was very quick in a straight line. But his tyres were going off, I got up on the inside of him onto the back straight and got ahead, but he just drove past me on the straight. He cut back in before the Esses but I got past him at the right-hander for third place.”
After earning his sixth podium of the season in the first race Jordan notched up his first win in the second, an incredible affair as Neal and Jason Plato traded blows at Coram and Murrays, allowing the Eurotech Civic, keeping a watching brief, to take advantage.
“We gained a bit more success ballast for the second race,” he explained. “I didn’t defend too hard from Matt because his car was lighter and I let him go after Plato and tried to go with him, which worked a treat. They sorted each other out and I got past them both.
“It was a huge relief to win and that last lap felt like it went on for a long time. It was a great result for the Pirtek team.”