Andrew Jordan is aiming to avoid any mishaps in the seventh meeting of the 2013 British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, bidding to claim a trio of conistent results while dealing with a grid penalty at the Scottish venue.
The Pirtek Racing/Eurotech driver closed the championship lead of Matt Neal to just nine points after a strong weekend at Snetterton last time out, one which included a third victory of his 2013 season in race two.
That race also included a robust move on Gordon Shedden which saw Jordan handed his third ‘strike’ of the season – meaning he must take a grid drop of six places for the next race which takes place at Knockhill this weekend.
Jordan is aware of the penalty looming over him after qualifying on Saturday, but is focused on securing a solid top 10 position to limit the damage before he can start to gain progress on Sunday as the penalty ballast diminishes during the day.
“We need to qualify as high as possible as I really want to start in the top 10 for the first race”, stated Jordan.
“However, the weight will hurt us in qualifying. We clearly need to make progress from where we start, given the grid penalty.”
The reigning Independent champion is therefore intending to remain out of trouble early in the weekend at a circuit which offers numerous overtaking opportunites, Jordan claiming that a trio of top six results would sufice as the championship fight begins to heat up more significantly.
“The racing at Knockhill is always close and if we could get three top six finishes, that would be a great result. I need to get some good points, but stay out of trouble as well. Plus, the weather is often another factor at Knockhill.”