Race one winner Andrew Jordan said that he had to play it more cautiously than intended with the softer tyre in the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park.
The Pirtek-backed West Surrey Racing driver grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Matt Neal when the lights went out for the opening 15-lapper of the day, narrowly hanging on to beat the Honda man by 0.2s.
Jordan and Neal chose different tyre compounds for the race, the former spurting clear early on with the softer tyre before hanging on from a closing Neal late on to add a second win to his BMW career tally.
“After two tough weekends you need to bounce back. When you come here with no weight in, this is the place to do that. I’m over the moon,” Jordan told media including The Checkered Flag.
“Yesterday obviously was where the hard work was done. Without putting too much pressure on yourself, if you hook up the start you should be leading by turn one.
“I had the soft tyre on so I set off really quickly. My engineer came on the radio to slow me down a bit because I had a two second gap after three laps. Then Matt [Neal] closed back in so I went again to establish a gap.
“Another couple of laps it would got a bit closer I think. I knew going up Clay Hill I had to nail Druids and then he wouldn’t be close enough to send it up the inside.
“It was pretty straightforward really apart from the last few laps where he was a bit close.”
Jordan admitted afterwards that the softer option may have been better used in the second race later this afternoon, one which sees the BMW carrying 75kg success ballast.
“With four laps to go I just started to lose the rear tyres so I was just backing it up in the chicane where the rears were going off a bit. I was really steady there but then utilising where the car was good through turn one and off Druids.”
“I do think the soft tyre would have been better to carry the weight so we’ll see. We’ll try and press on and see where we get to in this but realistically with that big jump in weight it’s going to be hard work,” the 27-year old.
With ground to make up in the championship hunt, Jordan said picking up solid points is the crucial factor of the remainder of the day, series leader Tom Ingram having failed to finish race one.
“We’ll just play the long game. I’ll try and win race two but it will be tough. Pressures off for the rest of the day now. Just bag points and see where we get to.”
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