Andrew Jordan left Knockhill a somewhat relieved man after a fourth win of the year saw him close the gap in the championship that little bit more in a weekend he felt could have been tougher than it proved.
The Eurotech Honda Civic driver recovered from a grid penalty that saw him demoted from a third place qualifying position by securing three safe top 10 finishes at the Scottish venue, ending the weekend in style with a commanding victory in the reverse-grid contest to trim another three points out of fellow Honda man Matt Neal‘s championship lead.
“Qualifying should have been even better if I’d hooked my best sectors together” said Jordan, who had qualified strongly despite being put back to ninth after his grid penalty.
Jordan recovered ground throughout a productive Sunday, running seventh in race one before being edged aside by the eBay Motors BMW of Rob Collard at the hairpin late in the race. The reigning Independent champion then improved to sixth in the second encounter, battling past Jason Plato‘s MG as he tracked series leader Neal all the way to the flag.
Jordan added: “In race one we made up two places initially and then Rob Collard, who was on the soft tyres, got past me, so I finished eighth. In race two we got up to sixth and had a bit of a dice with Matt Neal. He was strong in some areas and I was strong in some others. It was so close and I couldn’t find a gap.”
The final encounter saw Jordan lead from the reverse-grid pole position from lights-to-flag comfortably, clinching a vital fourth win of the season, Jordan commenting: “I got pole in the grid draw for race three. Collard was third on the grid and I thought he might jump us off the grid in the rear-wheel drive BMW.
“We were on the soft tyres as we put all our eggs in the one basket for race three. I got a really good start and Collard got ahead of Matt Neal for second. That bottled them up a bit and Matt couldn’t really utilise his soft tyres. Then there was a safety car, which wiped out my lead of three and a half seconds.
“I knew I had to get a really good re-start and get back into my rhythm. I was able to take the gap back up to four seconds and I had bit left in case Matt got into second and came after me.”
The result sees Jordan close the gap in the championship from nine to just six points behind Neal with three races remaining, on a weekend Jordan felt he had successfully avoided a possible bogey meeting after the penalty he begun the Fife visit with.
“It could have been a really bad weekend for us, but it turned out really well. It was what we needed from Knockhill and we’ve now got four wins this season.”