BMW Pirtek Racing are full of confidence as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship continues this weekend at Donington Park.
Andrew Jordan scored a stunning victory at the Brands Hatch season-opener, heading the similar BMW 125i M Sport of Colin Turkington home for a one-two finish for cars run by reigning Teams’ and Constructors’ Champions WSR.
The 2013 title-winner holds third spot in the Drivers’ Championship while BMW are top of the Manufacturers’ points table and BMW Pirtek Racing lie fourth in the Teams’ standings as best of the single-car entries.
Donington is Andrew’s local circuit and the 27-year-old Lichfield racer has enjoyed some of his best career moments there including his maiden BTCC pole position in 2009, two wins and eight podium finishes.
Sunbury-on-Thames-based WSR also have a special bond with the East Midlands venue, which was the scene of the BMW 125i M Sport’s maiden BTCC win in 2013 and a dramatic victory last year.
The Donington triple-header on April 15-16 is the second of 10 events in this year’s BTCC, which takes in nine circuits the length and breadth of the country. Each race will be screened live and exclusively on ITV4 in HD.
Andrew Jordan said: “Brands Hatch was an incredible weekend for me and for BMW Pirtek Racing. To lead a one-two for WSR on my first weekend with the team, do it on my first time racing a rear-wheel-drive touring car, and see BMW at the head of the Manufacturers’ points was very special. Now we come to Donington Park, my local circuit, and a fantastic one. The task is to consolidate what we achieved at Brands and aim for a big points haul so we can really show everybody we’re serious contenders for the championship.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “BMW Pirtek Racing put in an excellent performance at Brands Hatch last time out and were deservedly rewarded with a victory for Andrew, which we really couldn’t have expected given how late we were getting the car finished. We must remember though that while Brands Hatch plays to the strengths of the BMW, Donington does so to a far lesser degree and has traditionally favoured the front-wheel-drive cars. But we won last year, so it looks like we’ve closed the gap through good engineering.”