Fresh from securing a third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Independents’ title at Brands Hatch, Andrew Jordan says Motorbase Performance will be contenders for overall honours again in 2017.
The 2013 champion lifted the Independents’ Championship for the third time in his BTCC career at the Kent circuit, capping off a solid maiden season with local outfit Motorbase in which he claimed two victories along the way.
A mere three points separated Jordan and team-mate Mat Jackson at the head of the Independent standings, the former proud of his achievement alongside finishing eighth in the overall Drivers’ Championship.
Jordan spoke of his pride of the Independent crown to The Checkered Flag afterwards, saying: “It’s the third time I’ve done it and it’s something I’m proud of.
“For me, to give Motorbase their first Independent Drivers’ title in only my first year with the team is what I’m proud of. They’ve been trying for a few years now.”
The final weekend of the season started with a bang in the wrong sense of the words for the Pirtek-backed driver, a collision with the spinning Hunter Abbott at Druids in race one knocking the wind briefly out of Jordan’s sails.
“I’m feeling race one still”, Jordan said of the unexpected jolt taken from the crash. “Although it looks slow speed, it hurts and it was a really big hit actually.
“My back and neck are feeling it a bit, so it could be a bit sore in the morning. I thought it would have done a bit more damage to the car to be honest.”
Jordan followed up the knock with a fine recovery in race two from 31st to 13th, a result he took pride from as he commented: “Race two was probably one of the best drives I’ve done. It was a good drive coming through.
“The boys did a good job to get it ready for race two, then in race three it was just a case of scoring points to secure the Indy title really.”
Now with the experience of a season’s worth of miles under his belt in the Motorbase Ford Focus, Jordan has his crosshairs lined up on this year’s champion Shedden in 2017.
Asked on his chances of a second BTCC title next season, Jordan said: “Who knows, but we’ll be a contender for sure.
“Gordon [Shedden] is the one to beat at the moment. He’s on top of his game, so I’ll have a good crack at him next year. This year’s been good to get back to winning and be on good pace.
“Too many peaks, too many troughs, but we’ve just been a bit unlucky with things. We’ll build on that next year and put up more of a serious title challenge.
“I’ve enjoyed driving it”, said Jordan of the Ford Focus ST meanwhile. “Some races we’ve been really strong and some we haven’t, but that’ something we can work on over the winter.”