Andrew Jordan came away from Croft with three more top six finishes and another podium to his name during a weather-affected fifth round of the 2013 BTCC season, keeping himself firmly in contention for the overall title he is fixated on claiming.
The Eurotech driver had a solid if not unspectacular weekend by his own admission, claiming a sixth, fifth and third place handful of finishes to maintain what has been a very consistent campaign, the Independent champion now heading into the second half of the season second in the overall standings and just 19 points behind fellow Honda driver Matt Neal.
“We just lacked a little bit on ultimate pace this weekend, but if you still get reasonable points on your not so good days, that’s okay,” said Jordan after a solid weekend. “There is still such a long way to go. We’ve got another half to do and as long as we can keep being up there and scoring good points, we’re in the battle.”
“We didn’t quite get the car where we needed it for race one,” he said, “For race two we made it better. It was raining on the grid and I wanted to go a bit further on softening the car for the conditions. It worked early in the race, but then it didn’t rain anymore and over the last five laps we were hurting the front tyres. But we’d gone in the right direction.”
Jordan’s best result at Croft came in race three, where he fought his way from eighth place during the early stages of the sodden encounter to a podium finish, surviving a nervy and treacherous final few laps to also extend his Independent points lead over double Croft winner Colin Turkington, although Jordan admitted his Indie crown defence is in the back of his mind.
“Race three was so wet and horrible and I can’t say I massively enjoyed it,” he said later. “It was good to get a podium in a race like that but the aquaplaning was horrible down the straights. The track at Croft is bumpy and so the water collects in the dips.
“Then it cleared a bit, but about three laps from the end the rain came back and it really made a difference. I had a big moment at Tower and decided to back if off for the last couple of laps. Matt Neal nearly had a massive off on the last lap at the Jim Clark Esses.”