Double Podium Joy For Jordan

Jordan looked quick all weekend - Photo: Chris Gurton Photography
Jordan looked quick all weekend - Photo: Chris Gurton Photography

Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing made a superb start to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car season with two second place finishes and a sixth. The team's strongest start to a season to date.

With a fourth fastest qualifying time for Andrew Jordan, he set the squad up for solid results in Sunday's three races.

After suffering damage mid way through race one to his NGTC Honda Civic, Jordan was forced to ease his pace and drop back from the leading pack, due to a damaged left-front wheel, resulting in the sixth place finish. Jordan's team mate Jeff Smith finished in tenth after a four-car battle for seventh place.

Starting from sixth in race two, Jordan showed fighting spirit as he finished the race on the podium in second place, a third of a second behind race winner Matt Neal.

The great results were mirrored in the third race. Despite the race being red flagged, after a pile up in the Druids' gravel, Jordan led the race from the restart for seven laps. After a close battle between the Pirtek driver and MG KX Momentum Racing's Jason Plato, Plato squeezed by taking the lead from Jordan.

Jordan and Jeff Smith crossed the finish line with ES Racing's Dave Newsham separating the team mates, with Jordan finishing second and Smith taking fourth place.

Commenting on the day's racing, Jordan said: “Any other day I'd be very pleased with two seconds but I'm slightly disappointed that the win got away from me in race three,”

He continued: “It's certainly got me fired up for my home event at Donington. The main thing, though, is we've come away from the first round with a decent points haul.”

Following the opening three races, Jordan is third in the overall Drivers' Championship, behind multiple champions Matt Neal and Jason Plato, while leading the Independents' Trophy nine points ahead of Rob Collard.

The team currently lead the Independents' Team Trophy.