A Herculean effort by BMW Pirtek Racing helped Andrew Jordan to score three solid points finishes on an action-packed day in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft.
The Staffordshire driver’s BMW 125i M Sport had suffered significant rear-end damage in an 11-car incident during a wet qualifying session, leading to an all-nighter by the WSR mechanics to repair the car in time for Sunday’s races.
Not only did they achieve this, but fifth, sixth and seventh-placed finishes for the Lichfield driver maintained his seventh place in the Drivers’ Championship.
The 2013 champion’s results moved BMW Pirtek Racing up two places to fifth in the Teams’ points race and maintained BMW’s position at the head of the Manufacturers’ standings.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’ve struggled with oversteer all weekend and never really found the sweet spot of the car, despite making several set-up changes today. But fifth, sixth and seventh are all solid finishes and mean I haven’t really lost any ground to the guys around me in the championship. It’s amazing I was even in the race today, given how much damage the BMW suffered in qualifying, so a huge thank you to the WSR guys for getting me out there. I just wish I could have given them a better result to say thank you.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Twenty-four hours ago the situation looked a bit desperate, but we’ve pulled together as a team to achieve the near-impossible and Andrew’s scored three very solid top-10 finishes, which is a good reward for the guys. We’ve had a lot of help to achieve this, such as Tim Rapley from our technical partner, Physical Digital, driving nearly 300 miles overnight to bring us body panels, arriving here at 1am this morning, and to Willie Poole, who builds our shells, so huge thanks go to everyone that helped. The results are a testament to the hard work of everybody involved.”
BTCC Drivers’ Championship after Round 5/10
1 Gordon Shedden 188
2 Rob Collard 177
3 Colin Turkington 176
4 Ashley Sutton 168
5 Tom Ingram 140
7 Andrew Jordan 128
1 Team BMW 344
2 Halfords Yuasa Racing 314
3 Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 213
4 Speedworks Motorsport 135
5 BMW Pirtek Racing 123
1 BMW 421
2 Honda 382
3 Subaru 337
4 Vauxhall 281
5 MG 201