Former British Touring Car Championship title winner Tim Harvey was full of praise for the series’ new champion Andrew Jordan, describing 2013’s tension-emitting season finale as an ‘epic’ conclusion.
The ITV commentator watched on as Jordan clinched his first overall BTCC title success in front of a hearty crowd at a soaking Brands Hatch GP circuit, beating reigning champion Gordon Shedden by just seven points.
Harvey had nothing but warmth towards Jordan’s achievement, determining that the 24-year-old was a champion worthy of the acolade.
“In everybody’s eyes, an absolutely brilliant performance all year”, Harvey told TCF of Jordan’s victory following a nail-biting season finale.
Harvey said that Jordan’s title success boiled down to many factors, believing that the Pirtek Racing man’s focus on a consistent season was ultimately one of the key factors in achieving championship honours.
“His coolness, his outright performance, his qualifying ability and his race ability”, praised Harvey on Jordan’s title-winning season. “Most of all, the fact that he just set out from the word go to win the championship, and he has had the right attitude all year.
“He’s beaten four previous champions with seven championships between them, and it’s just been a fantastic, fantastic championship.”
The 1992 champion knows all about tense title showdowns having come out on top in the remarkable finale on that occasion, and ranks the 2013 climax as one for the memory banks after a weekend full of drama – particularly for the championship contenders.
Among those incidents included a big qualifying crash for Matt Neal before a race two fire following his collision with Jordan, Colin Turkington’s title chances ending on the spot in race one after a spin and subsequent collision with eBay Motors team-mate Nick Foster, while Shedden survived a lurid spin on the first lap of the second encounter at Paddock Hill Bend where he was astoundingly not collected in the middle of the pack.
“I think as a deciding event it’s been epic”, continued Harvey. “When we came here, Jordan had a 34-point lead and everybody thought that that would be pretty much ok and that should be comfortable. But of course it’s so easy not to finish a race.
“Points can be wiped out, and that is exactly what happened in the second race – Plato was the outsider and took 34 points out of Jordan alone in the first two races, so it was an epic final – it had everything in it.
“Matt Neal obviously had a broken finger, a crash in qualifying and a fire. Shedden had a broadside moment across the pack…it had everything, and it turned out to be great racing.”