Pirtek Racing to run Vauxhall Vectra for 2010

Pirtek Racing are set to launch their campaign on the British Touring Car Championship for 2010, lead by former BTCC winner Mike Jordan and his Jordan Motorsport squad.

Taking to the wheel will be his 20-year-old son Andrew in a car that is familiar to him as the team use the Vauxhall Vectra.

Andrew Jordan, who already has six BTCC podiums to his name commented, “I'm really looking forward to the challenge of next season. It's good for me to be continuing with the Vectra, I always felt it was a strong, great handling car and I had some good outings in it last season. At times we struggled with the engine power, so now with the new TOCA engine not only will it be cost effective to run but I'm confident we should be capable of winning.”

Mike Jordan added, “It is a good feeling to be back involved with a car and our own team in the BTCC with Pirtek's support. The package of the Vectra and the TOCA engine should be very strong and I'm sure Andrew can use his knowledge of the car to great advantage. The team will also have a level of continuity as several personnel have been carried over from working with Andrew on the Vectra at VX Racing last season as well as the JordanSport Britcar programme.”

Alan Gow, Series Director, British Touring Car Championship added, “Andrew's results in his first two seasons clearly show he's a real star of the future and I know Pirtek Racing will be a very well set-up and determined team – geared around Andrew and run by his father Mike, it has all the ingredients for success.

“It's great to see the team also taking advantage of our new TOCA NGTC engine. While the NGTC cars themselves won't appear until 2011, we've decided to allow some teams to use the engine from 2010. While some teams will undertake their own engine development programmes, this is the unbranded TOCA engine that is available for lease or purchase and, as we have already announced as part of the BTCC's future, will significantly reduce their running budgets.”