Reigning British Touring Car Championship champion Andrew Jordan was left downbeat as he fell to third in the points in a difficult weekend at Oulton Park, turning his attentions to a Croft circuit he enjoys.
The Pirtek Racing driver found himself in the rare situation of being marred in the midfield pack during races one and two in Cheshire, ultimately stemming from a tricky qualifying session in mixed conditions that was blighted by late red and yellow flag interruptions which halted his intended flying laps when track conditions where heading towards their best.
13th place was where he began Sunday’s action from, stuck down in 15th place in a queue of cars during a processional first race behind Matt Neal and Alain Menu who were also among 10 drivers in the train.
Race two saw Jordan tagged by Team BMR‘s Menu into a well-held slide at Cascades as the Honda man began making progress – the places reversed after a ruling to hand Jordan 10th – before he moved into eighth place during the damp final encounter of the day.
“It’s been a rough weekend”, a justifiably disappointed Jordan told The Checkered Flag afterwards.
“Not what we expected; it all stems from a qualifying red flag really and that session put us out of position. From there you couldn’t pass anybody.”
The Honda driver quickly turned his focus towards the next trio of races held in the north east at Croft on 28/29 June, a track holding fond memories for Jordan, including his maiden BTCC victory for Eurotech in 2010.
“It’s the way it goes. At Croft we’ll be a bit lighter there. I’m really looking forward to that because I like Croft. It’s a good track and given me some good memories.”
The former series leader heads to Croft now third in the championship, 27 points behind Colin Turkington who takes the maximum 45kg into the next meeting as a result.