Andrew Jordan delivered the perfect fathers day present to his father and the Pirtek Racing team yesterday at Croft as the 21-year-old recorded a maiden win for himself, the team and the new NGTC engine.
The day started well with tenth place and three points in the first race followed by a seventh place finish in the second race.
“We had a lot of understeer in the car in the first two races which made it difficult to get on terms with some of the cars around us, after race two we found one of our dampers was damaged which when we changed it, just transformed the car. Then with the reverse grid pole we were optimistic we could achieve a good result in race three.” said Jordan.
With the top seven reversed Jordan started from pole position for the final race of the day. The start of the race couldn’t of gone any better for Jordan as he led the field in to the first corner as mayhem ensued behind him. At the end of the first lap Jordan lead the field by three seconds and would go on to take his maiden victory with an eight second gap back to second placed Tom Onslow-Cole.
“In some ways it was probably one of the easiest races I've done in the BTCC,” he admitted. “At the same time it was tough because we knew what was at stake. My dad (Mike) was on the radio to me ensuring we pegged the gap back to Onslow-Cole and I was able to easily keep a steady pace.”
“The car felt mega throughout and the engine was on form, the lads in the team as always did a brilliant job and I can't thank them enough for their efforts. We've had some tough races but we always said when our luck changed we'd have our day and this is such an amazing feeling. I want to thank everyone who has backed us this season, especially Pirtek, they've been so supportive and it's fantastic they've achieved their first win after only five rounds in the BTCC.”
The 21 point haul leaves Jordan tenth in the overall championship and seventh in the Independents. Pirtek sit in sixth place for the Independent team championship.