BMW Pirtek Racing aim to continue their surge up the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when the series resumes at Croft this weekend.
Andrew Jordan delivered a superb second win of the year last time out at Oulton Park to move up to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and maintain BMW’s position at the head of the Manufacturers’ points.
The driver from Lichfield, Staffordshire, has a special link to Croft as it was the scene of his maiden BTCC victory in 2010. He will attempt to add more success while carrying 27kg success ballast into the weekend.
WSR, who run the BMW Pirtek Racing cars from their Sunbury-on-Thames headquarters, are the most successful team in BTCC history at Croft with 16 race wins, including a treble victory and a lock-out of the podium in 2015.
The reigning Teams’ and Constructors’ Champions are also aiming for two landmarks of their own. Their next race victory will be the team’s 75th in the BTCC and their 50th with BMW machinery.
The Croft triple-header on June 10-11 is the fifth 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: “My championship challenge re-started at Oulton Park. From the moment I got into the car at in first practice, I just knew I was going to be fast, and it couldn’t have gone much better. Like Oulton, Croft is a circuit that’s always been good for the rear-wheel-drive BMW because of the number of slow corners that reward a car that’s strong in the traction zones. Although I’ll be going in with more success ballast than I did at Oulton, I’m confident of another big points haul to help me continue to close the gap to the top of the points table.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “The thing that’s impressed me most about Andrew this year is his ability to do what true champions do and not dwell on a bad weekend. He showed at Oulton Park that he’s not affected by what happened earlier in the season and drove very well. Like Oulton, Croft is a track at which we’ve done well in the past with the BMW and we’ve continued to work hard on the car this year to make sure it remains a contender at every circuit. The plan is to score big and enhance our position in the championship.”
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