BMW Pirtek Racing are in the hunt for a strong points haul following a top-10 performance in Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Snetterton.

Driver Andrew Jordan qualified eighth in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport to put himself in contention for the podium during Sunday’s three races at the Norfolk circuit.

The 2013 BTCC Champion improved his times throughout the 30-minute qualifying session, despite encountering traffic on his best lap, and is aiming to improve on his seventh place in the Drivers’ title race this weekend.

A strong set of results will also help maintain BMW Pirtek Racing’s fifth place in the Teams’ Championship and BMW’s lead in the Manufacturers’ points battle.

Andrew Jordan said: “Eighth is okay as I’ve only qualified better than that once this year. It certainly puts me in the mix for good points and even the podium tomorrow, as I’m sure there’s going to be some close action in the top 10. I lost a little time in traffic on a lap where I set two personal-best sectors, but we’ll work on how to improve things tonight because I don’t think we’re far off being very fast around here.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew did a good job today and another two tenths of a second would have put him on the second row. The data we gathered in testing here earlier this month has helped BMW Pirtek Racing today and I think we can use a bit more of it to optimise the set-up further for tomorrow’s races.  From eighth he definitely has an opportunity to score a good batch of points here.”