BMW Pirtek Racing will launch into attack mode on Sunday after a tough Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Thruxton.

Driver Andrew Jordan, who lies seventh in the BTCC points with two events completed, qualified his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport 16th in an ultra-close session in which the top 21 cars were covered by a second.

Andrew, the 2013 BTCC Champion, is aiming to convert his strong long-run pace from free practice into a solid set of results on Sunday at a circuit on which he has finished on the podium nine times in the BTCC.

Andrew Jordan said: “I have pretty mixed feelings about today. On the one hand, we’ve taken what we learned here in testing a few weeks ago and improved our knowledge of the new-for-2017 Thruxton tyres and our understanding of how to use them. On the other, we haven’t quite found the BMW’s sweet spot around Thruxton yet and the result is we’ve qualified 16th, but I’m sure we’ll make improvements overnight and go into tomorrow’s three races with a stronger package.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We were expecting the front-wheel-drive cars to have an advantage here in qualifying and that’s proven to be the case today simply because of how aggressive they can be over the kerbs here. Over a race distance, however, it’s a totally different situation and the BMW will certainly be a strong car tomorrow. Our aim was to leave here still with BMW leading the Manufacturers’ Championship, and it still is.”