Andrew Jordan kicked his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title aspirations back into life with a superb victory for BMW Pirtek Racing at Oulton Park on Sunday.
The Staffordshire driver’s second win of the year elevated him five places to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and put him back in with a chance of winning a second series title.
From a season’s-best second on the grid, Andrew leapt to the head of the field at the start of Race One. He led every lap in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport to record the 18th BTCC victory of his career.
With the maximum 75kg success ballast added to his car for Race Two, Andrew came home fifth.
He was then drawn on the front-row for the reversed-grid third race and looked set for a second win of the day before a late-race safety car eliminated his hard-earned advantage.
Falling to third at the re-start, the 27-year-old mounted a steely defence of his podium position and held it to the chequered flag; a result that helped BMW Pirtek Racing climb to seventh in the Teams’ Championship and kept BMW on top of the Manufacturers’ points race.
The next event takes place at Croft, North Yorkshire, on June 10-11.
Andrew Jordan said: “It’s been an excellent day to round off a fantastic week that started with the birth of my daughter, Sydney, on Wednesday, continued with a front-row grid spot and has culminated with my second win of the year and another podium. I’ve felt a lot more comfortable with the BMW this weekend, which was always going to happen as I continue to learn rear-wheel-drive touring cars. Without the safety car in Race Three, I think I might have been able to hold on for another win, but I can’t be disappointed with my results. The championship campaign starts here.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew’s had a very good weekend; bouncing back brilliantly from two low-scoring events. A win, a podium and another strong points finish is exactly how a champion drives and he’s made his qualifying performance count today. He’s risen from 12th to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and is more than capable of continuing his climb when we go to Croft in a couple of weeks.”
BTCC Drivers’ Championship after 4/10 rounds
1. Gordon Shedden 157pts
2. Rob Collard 141
3. Tom Ingram 132
4. Colin Turkington 126
5. Matt Neal 124
7. Andrew Jordan 98
1. Halfords Yuasa Racing 272
2. Team BMW 261
3. Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 128
7. BMW Pirtek Racing 93
1. BMW 330
2. Honda 322
3. Subaru 243