Andrew Jordan says the final round of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion was a “perfect result” for Pirtek Racing after both team and driver wrapped up the Independent’s titles.
Jordan hit the front early in the weekend to stamp his authority on the drivers’ title – his aim at the beginning of the season – after Rob Collard had slashed his lead in the previous round. After a disappointing meeting at Silverstone, where all the Honda Civics struggled, Jordan was well in front in the second free practice session – seven-tenths of a second clear at the top of the timesheets – and then backed it up with a front row starting berth for race one.
“We had a great base set-up out of the box,” he conceded. “In qualifying I got pole on my last lap and then got bumped by eight-hundredths of a second by e.”
Rain hit the circuit overnight, and then continued throughout race day, and Jordan made his task harder for himself with poor getaways in each of the three races. He said of the first: “Collard got past me off the start, which we expected. I didn’t get a great start so I was back to fourth behind Collard and Matt Neal.
“But I got past Collard on the first lap and then Matt and I both got Onslow-Cole. After the safety car Matt had a bit better pace than me, so we took second place and the Independents’ win and we knew that meant we now had a 35-point lead over Collard.”
When Collard was turned round at Druids by Gordon Shedden, who in turn had been hit by Jason Plato, and retired after being collected by the oncoming Will Bratt, Jordan knew he was the champion – and attention soon turned to the teams’ championship, as Aron Smith‘s win had launched Redstone Racing right into the fight going into the final race of the year.
“I got another poor start for race two and Collard passed me, but he got turned round at Druids and taken out of the race. I knew he was out and I knew that made me champion. That also put us to the front of the Independent teams’ championship over the Ebay and Redstone teams.
“The last race was all about the teams’ championship. We were in a position to get it and then Mat Jackson from Redstone retired, so we just followed the works Hondas home and did a nice formation finish across the line. It was a great day.
“To win the Independent teams’ championship when we’d gone to Brands behind, was really good for all the guys. It was a perfect result.”