Jordan Enthusiastic About Brands Hatch Finale


Andrew Jordan said he felt that a sixth place was the best Pirtek Racing and himself could achieve at Silverstone last weekend, the reigning champion already focused on success in the final meeting of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch GP.

The 25-year-old endured a solid weekend over two troublesome days for Honda at the Silverstone National circuit, Jordan qualifying best of all for the manufacturer down in 16th place, ahead of the works Civic Tourers of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.

Sunday’s action saw Jordan climb steadily through the midfield to results of 10th, eighth and finally sixth place, the trio of top-10 finishes being outcomes that the reigning BTCC champion told The Checkered Flag afterwards were impressive results for the Independent squad at a circuit they did not expect to shine prior to the visit.

“I feel like I made my best of a bad situation to be honest”, Jordan told TCF afterwards. “There’s nothing that I could have done differently and the same goes for the team.

“Happy with the job we’ve done; I’d rather be fighting further up towards to front, but round here and where we’re at at the moment then that’s about as good as we could get so I’m happy with what we’ve done.

“So, disappointed with the results, but that’s as as best as it could have been. We worked all through the day on it and the car in the last race was as good as it’s been, so credit’s due to the guys to improve the car so much.”

Jordan was part of an enthralling R3 scrap for third (Photo: btcc.net)
Jordan was part of an enthralling R3 scrap for third (Photo: btcc.net)

The final race of the day saw Jordan almost sniff an opportunity to step up to the podium, embroiled in a late scrap for third that saw title rivals Colin Turkington and Jason Plato come together in the midst of the dice ahead of the Red Bull Athlete.

“At Becketts, when it all kicked off I thought it might just open up a bit more and it did, but it put me on the outside heading into to Brooklands”, Jordan added on race three. “I’m never going to get too excited over a sixth place, but that I think was as good a result that we could have managed.”

Honda appeared to be hit hardest in the field when they entered the Silverstone national circuit’s long straights last weekend, and Jordan said that it was a hindrance to the ultimate performance of the Pirtek Racing squad in Northamptonshire, although making light heart of it.

“It’s really hard, because any advantage that you think you’ve gained through the corners starts to go again down the straights, but I’m not moaning about that really because it’s how it is.”

Jordan heads into Brands Hatch GP circuit on 11/12 October lying fifth in the standings, not in contention to defend the maiden BTCC title that he claimed in a tense and emotional 2013 finale 12 months ago at a strip of tarmac he fondly enjoys.

“I think we’ll be strong there”, Jordan commented regarding the visit to Brands, having won twice around the shorter Indy circuit configuration earlier this season.

“We’ve got nothing to lose obviously and I love the Brands Grand Prix circuit, we’ve been strong the last couple of years too. I’m going there to have some fun, driving a nice-handling car around a great track and see if I can get something.”

Statistics – Andrew Jordan At Brands Hatch:

Races

38

Poles

2

Wins

3

Podiums

8

Top Fives

15