Andrew Jordan says that his move to Motorbase Performance for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has brought with it a significant confidence boost.
The 2013 champion, who previously raced under Eurotech Racing and Triple Eight in the series, saw his Ford Focus ST unveiled this afternoon in its Pirtek Racing livery for the 2016 season.
Moving across to the Kent-based Motorbase team for the coming season, Jordan admitted that the switch has already brought him a confidence boost following a maiden test in the EcoBoost Focus at Brands Hatch recently.
“We have a great platform to build on for next year and everyone in the team is confident that we have a strong package that can challenge for the title,” said a confident Jordan following the test.
“After spending a couple days with the boys in the workshop I feel really comfortable in the team and the test couldn’t have gone any better to be honest.
“After watching the Focus this year I was really looking forward to seeing how it handled. I know that people will be expecting me to say this, but the car genuinely impressed me. Motorbase have clearly done a great job getting the car to where it is now, both with the engine and chassis development and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that happy in a touring car.”
Jordan recently departed the Triple Eight squad after just one season, failing to pick up a victory despite finishing fifth in the overall Drivers’ Championship with the MG6 GT outfit.
Following his test, Jordan added that the Focus ST handled well on longer runs and also admitted that he felt a significant lift in happiness behind the wheel in the process.
“It’s nice to get in something that does what it should, it does a bit more what the driver’s trying to get it to do and it’s properly sorted. Even if it didn’t handle well I’m sure people will think I’ll say it handles well, but it genuinely does. I haven’t felt this confident and happy for a while,” said Jordan.
A championship tilt is the ultimate goal for the former champion, who believes that the car is well capable of winning the championship next season after picking up four wins from 15 races in 2015 under Mat Jackson‘s half-season effort.
“It’s not all engine. I’ve done some long runs today and they’ve done a fantastic job with it, and I can see why they’re as dominant as they were over the second half of the season. That being said, we need to focus on next year, the goal is to win the championship, and I feel we’re going to be challenging. I’ve been in it long enough to know that you always need a bit of luck; you need things to go your way a bit. It’s going to be fun.”