West Surrey Racing have announced a multi-year partnership with both Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
Jordan – last year’s Independent Championship winner – will join the reigning manufacturers’/constructors’ champions for their 2017 BTCC campaign in the latest development of the BMW 125i M, after one season racing for Motorbase Performance.
The 2013 champion will race under the Pirtek Racing banner with WSR in a two-year deal, and expects to be fighting at the sharp end from the very start of the new season.
“I’m incredibly excited about joining WSR, who have been one of the outstanding teams in the BTCC for the past 20 years and achieved so much success in single-seater racing before that with legends like Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Mika Hakkinen”, said Jordan.
“To have signed a multi-year deal is fantastic as it gives myself and Pirtek the continuity to build something really special with WSR over the next two seasons. I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve seen of the way WSR operate and am sure that we can be right at the sharp end throughout the 2017 season.”
Jordan was also enthusiastic over the switch to rear-wheel drive machinery for the 2017 season, something he will experience for the first time in his BTCC career.
“I’ve never raced a rear-wheel-drive car in the BTCC, but the BMW has proven to be one of the best cars on the grid and I’m looking forward to learning plenty over the winter”, he added.
Team Principal Dick Bennetts enthused: “It’s great to welcome Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing to WSR. Andrew is one of the fastest and most successful drivers in the BTCC and crucially knows how to win a championship.
“Being able to announce this exciting news in November enables us to make the best possible use of the time available between now and the start of the 2017 season and kick off our winter testing programme with Andrew before the end of the month. The team have been working hard on the development of the BMW to make sure we’re title contenders again next year.”
WSR expect to announce additions to their 2017 driver line-up before the end of the year, the team having narrowly missed out on the Drivers’ Championship with Sam Tordoff in October.