After a battling trio of races in the eighth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season at Rockingham, Andrew Jordan admitted that his title challenge in 2015 may now be over.
The Triple Eight MG driver started the weekend looking a threat for pole position, but could not convert that pace into qualifying from practice on Saturday due to understeer before only results of eighth, 12th and ninth came his way on Sunday – a concertina effect at the start of race two having left him buried in the pack.
“I don’t really know what to say”, a deflated Jordan said afterwards. “The only positive seems to be that we were fastest in second practice.
“We’ve had set-up issues ever since topping the times yesterday and we need to get on top of it because we keep saying it should be better and it’s not.
“To be fair we made a few good moves but I have just been sat waiting for it to kick off in front of me so that we can move forward otherwise it has been about watching my mirrors and although I like the challenge of defending, doing it all day doesn’t excite me.”
The results see the 2013 champion now fall 46 points adrift of series leader Gordon Shedden, the MG driver now admitting that he feels his title challenge had crumbled with six races remaining while he is yet to pick up a win this season.
“The championship is over for us now, it is between everyone in front me now – we just need up our game.”
The series next heads to Silverstone, a circuit which the MG6 GT has won at six times in its nine encounters around the National circuit since 2012.
Despite these statistics, Triple Eight team principal Ian Harrison added similar thoughts from the weekend in Rockingham, stating: “We’ll go back to base and see where we need to improve and try to improve the performance for Silverstone.
“We need some biblical intervention to stand any chance in the drivers championship now.”