BMW Pirtek Racing are aiming to maximise their points potential on Sunday after Andrew Jordan qualified 14th for the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car event of the year at Donington Park.
The Lichfield racer lies third in the points and carries 57kg of success ballast in his BMW 125i M Sport, which is run by reigning BTCC Teams’ and Constructors’ Champions WSR.
He claimed 14th on the Race-One grid in an ultra-tight session in which one second separated the top 23 cars at the circuit near Derby.
Despite this, the 2013 BTCC Drivers’ Champion is confident of moving through the field in Sunday’s three races and adding critical points to his title pursuit on a circuit that is known to favour front-wheel-drive machinery over the rear-wheel-drive cars.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’m pretty happy with my qualifying time, especially with 57kg of success ballast on board, but I’m quite surprised that time has left me in 14th today. I’m playing the long game this year, so there are always going to be tracks that don’t suit your car as well as others, but the BMW is an excellent race car and I’m sure we can go forwards tomorrow and score useful points.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We all know the BTCC is a tough championship, but even so, to have 23 cars within a second of the pole time is extraordinary. Most of the top-10 cars are carrying little or no success ballast so the laptimes achieved by Andrew and BMW Pirtek Racing are about where we expected to be and we’re also unable to abuse the kerbs in the way the front-wheel-drive cars can and have been. Sunday’s races will be tough, but the BMW is always strong in race conditions and Andrew is an excellent overtaker, so we should score well.”