Andrew Jordan was happy with his Pirtek Racing team Vauxhall Vectra on its first day of running in 2011.

Jordan and new team-mate Jeff Smith were both in action on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit yesterday as their team’s preparations for this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship got under way.

Brands Hatch Indy will host 2011’s opening BTCC round on Sunday 3 April. It is also where Jordan achieved the second of his two maiden wins in 2010 in the final race of last season.

Both drivers enjoyed trouble-free runs (although Smith experienced a minor ‘whoopise’ – pictured) and are due back on track again today (Wednesday).

As in 2010, the Eurotech outfit that fettles the Pirtek cars has opted to run BTCC organiser TOCA’s unbranded engine built to the championship’s new turbocharged Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) technical regulations.

Jordan, aged 21 from Lichfield, told “The TOCA engine has had more development on it over the winter and everything feels really good straight out of the blocks. Already our lap times are looking good compared to what we achieved around here last year and that’s before we’ve even got started on chassis tweaks.”

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