Andrew Jordan is aiming for major progress on Sunday after the BMW Pirtek Racing driver qualified 12th for Croft’s round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The driver from Lichfield, Staffordshire, had set the sixth-fastest time in a wet second practice session, and was settling into qualifying when he was involved in a major incident.
Losing control on fluid dropped on-track by Luke Davenport, Andrew spun backwards into his rival; sustaining significant damage to the rear end of his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
With 10 other cars also going off at the same corner within seconds of Andrew’s incident, the session was stopped and was not resumed.
The 2013 BTCC champion, who has won twice so far this season and lies seventh in the championship, will start tomorrow’s opening race from 14th place with 27kg of success ballast on his car.
WSR, the reigning BTCC Teams’ and Constructors’ Champions, are aiming to claim their 50th win with BMW in the series on Sunday.
Andrew Jordan said: “I just hope everyone’s okay after today’s incident. Fourteenth isn’t great, but we haven’t found the sweet spot of the BMW yet. I think the top 10 was possible today and I’d just set my fastest first sector in qualifying when Luke Davenport went off ahead of me, seemed to rip something off his car and dropped a lot of fluid on track. I drove over the fluid, lost control and spun into him. It was a hard hit, but it’s repairable. It’s going to be a long night for the mechanics, but they’re the best in the business and I hope I can reward their efforts tomorrow with some strong results.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “We came here hoping to continue the very good performances by Andrew and BMW Pirtek Racing from Oulton Park, and that’s still the aim. Today has had an unfortunate end for Andrew, but he’s okay and the car is repairable, despite some heavy damage to the rear end. We’ve always made the BMW competitive here and have won in each of the past four seasons at Croft so the aim will be to take as many strong points finishes as we can.”