2013 British Touring Car Championship Champion Andrew Jordan has completed his maiden run in the Triple Eight Race Engineering BMW Z4 GT3 at Silverstone, with both driver and team buoyed by his performance.
Jordan, who completed 15 laps of the Silverstone Grand Prix track, set consistent lap times in the 500bhp car, with his lap times within the time set by the team before hand.
“It’s phenomenal,” said father-to-be Jordan, who has now driven the Aston Martin Vantage, Nissan GTR and the BMW this year. “It’s got a little less power in a straight line than the Aston Martin, but it changed direction better and felt more like a go-kart; it just didn’t have the power out of the corners that the Aston does, which you’d expect from a 4.4-litre V8 compared to a 6-litre V12.
“Looking at the data I wasn’t far off where I needed to be. I think if I went at it again I’d expect to be even closer, nibbling away at the breaking distances etc. would help me find a few tenths for certain.
“It’s a really good car. It takes me out of my comfort zone having driven touring cars, and it’ll take some learning, but that’s why it was good to have Joe (Osborne) here today to help me with the data. I feel like I made progress in just an hour or so. I’m definitely keen to have another go!
“I’ve said before I’m keen to some endurance races and we’ve been talking about a few things, but there’s nothing concrete yet.”
Talking about Jordan’s talent and potential plans for next year, Ian Harrison, Triple Eight’s Team Principal, commented: “We’ve been keen to have Andy in the car, he’s an intelligent young racer who can adapt his driving for different disciplines. His performance today confirmed our thoughts, and we’ll be discussing potential options to get him into one of our cars next year.”