Andrew Jordan After Podiums As Oversteer Hinders Qualifying


Andrew Jordan says both Triple Eight and himself will work to solve the balance problems that resulted in two spins in qualifying for the second meeting of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

The 2013 champion was comfortably inside the top five throughout Saturday’s practice sessions at the Leicester circuit, before confirming that pace by sealing fifth on the grid in qualifying for the fourth race of the 2015 season.

The 30-minute qualifying session was an eventful one for both Jordan and his Triple Eight team-mate, Jack Goff, as the former suffered two spins at the exit of Old Hairpin after Goff had rotated his MG6 GT in similar fashion.

Jordan was left lamenting the balance issues with both cars, saying that it made the excursions feel out of his hands at the time.

On his eventful qualifying session, Jordan commented to The Checkered Flag afterwards: “I’ve been having moments all day to be honest!

“I was hanging onto it and it’s such a fine line with Old Hairpin, McLeans and Coppice being all momentum corners. They all have a smooth turn-in, require gentle brake release and you can carry the speed in, but you can get it into the apex and then the rear is just letting go.

“Jack [Goff] has had the same problem. If it was letting go on entry then you could do something about it, but with it happening from apex to exit, there is not a lot more that you can do as a driver.”

The Pirtek-sponsored MG will line up fifth on the grid after finishing 0.546s adrift of pole-sitter, Colin Turkington, a result which satisfied the former BTCC champion who admitted that the oversteer issues maybe asked too much of him to challenge the BMR Racing driver.

Jordan added: “I should have been able to do a 1m09.8s lap, but H (Ian Harrison) said to me that the problem is that when the car is edgy, it’s hard to be consistent. We still wouldn’t have beaten Colin.

“I can do a lot more with the car than I could at Brands which is positive. We’re going to work hard tonight; myself and Jack have been having the same issues, so we’ll get our heads down and see if we’re any better tomorrow.”

Last a winner at Croft in June, 2014, Jordan remained buoyant when asked whether he could challenge the cars ahead of him on the grid in Sunday’s trio of races, adding: “Yes, I think we can.

“I think it will be hard obviously, but I’ll be aiming for the podium from there. If I can stay out of trouble for the first lap then I can press on forward. Fifth is a much better position to be starting and it enables me to get my head down and really see what we can do.”

Jordan enters Sunday’s races sitting 11th in the championship, having suffered at Brands Hatch’s season opener from a puncture after contact with Rob Austin in race three.