Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan has admitted he would be open to a full time return to rallycross in the future.
Talking ahead of Round 2 of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Jordan explained about the raw (600bhp) power of the Olsbergs MSE prepare Ford Fiesta he will be driving at Lydden next weekend. “They are just unreal. The horsepower is one thing, but the torque is phenomenal. The engine just keeps pulling and pulling until you get right into a corner. They are totally brilliant bits of kit!”
While the Fiesta ST SuperCar and his BTCC Honda Civic may not look too different on the outside they cannot be compared in terms of performance. “You really can’t compare them as they are very different.” said Jordan. “The rallycross car is phenomenally quick in a straight line but you need to compromise on the set-up to cope with both dirt and Tarmac surfaces. What’s more you need very different driving styles, too.”
Jordan will be putting all of his previous rallycross knowledge to use along with the BTCC experience he has gained in recent years “I think racing is probably more useful as you have the experience of competing door-to-door with your opponents; In racing you also learn how to defend your position from those behind and also how to attack those in front.”
With Jordan currently leading the way in the BTCC championship he seems comfortable where he is at the moment, asked though if a full time return to rallycross could be on the books he replied “Yes and no.”
“I’m committed to doing the BTCC for 2015 but I’d really like to do some more of these selected ‘wild card’ entries into the World RX if further opportunities arise. Ultimately everything depends on my sponsors but, if I were to do anything else other than the BTCC, then rallycross would certainly be my first choice.
“For now I just want to see how Lydden goes. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time, so I just can’t wait.”