BTCC 2011 Team-By-Team Preview: Pirtek Racing

No.55 Jeff Smith – No.77 Andrew Jordan
Vauxhall Vectra
S2000 chassis, NGTC engine

Pirtek Racing have one significant advantage over just about every team running the NGTC engine in 2011.

They've done it before.

As willing guinea pigs for the new spec-powerplant last year they already know the remedy for all of the things their rivals are going to come up against in the opening races of the season.

Such an advantage can only boost Andrew Jordan's already strong chance of fighting for the Independents' title. His two reverse grid wins – Croft and Brands Hatch in the final race of the year – were an indication of the pace he was capable of but the season was full of missed chances also, thanks to a range of engine and tyre problems.

If those problems have been cured over the winter, or at least lessened then the blue Vectra could be a regular podium visitor this season.

Jeff Smith, on the other side of the garage, joins the team after a single weekend in the 888 short stay car at Knockhill. He is another of the drivers set for a learning year (there will likely be pack of the rookies battling for the minor spots all year) and another who could pick up points by the end of the season.

Andrew Jordan On…..His aims for the year
“Independents' title, that's what I want, obviously race wins are nice but our aim is get the Independents' title.”

Jeff Smith On….Where he wants to be
I'd like to be looking to bring the car home in all three races and if we can get some top tens through the season that's be superb.”

Verdict: Jordan is a genuine contender for Independents' honours. Smith will chase points all year.