Former British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the UK round of the series at Lydden Hill driving for MJP Racing Team Austria.
Jordan, who began his racing career in Rallycross has competed in several WRX events in recent seasons including earning a podium finish at the UK round of the championship back in 2014.
The 2013 BTCC champion will drive in place of Timo Scheider who has other commitments on the weekend of the event at Lydden Hill and was surprised at how quickly the deal came together for him to compete at his home event. He told Motorsport.com: “I spoke to Max (Pucher, MJP Racing team owner) a few weeks ago and its all come together really quickly, it’s a bit unexpected really”.
He added: “The team’s cars were very quick last year. I know they’re working hard and they are hungry to move things on to keep progressing. Obviously, the level is going up all the time but I think we can mix it for sure. If I could get into the final that would be a really good achievement, then it’s just elbows out and see where you get to.”
The 27 year-old who has for this season agreed a move to West Surrey Racing in the BTCC also admitted: “As a Brit to do my home championship event is something I’m really proud of. Out of anything I’ve done, standing on the podium at Lydden was definitely one of the coolest things in my career”
After finishing on the podium for the OlsbergsMSE team on his WRX debut, Jordan then again appeared in the British event a year later driving for Team Peugeot-Hansen where he set the fastest overall time in the third qualification heat.
He last appeared in the championship at the Italian round of the 2015 season where he stood in for Mattias Ekström aboard the Swede’s Audi S1 but had to withdraw from the event after technical issues on the first day of competition.
The British round of the World Rallycross Championship takes place at Lydden Hill on May 27/28.