BMW Pirtek Racing aim to make a flying start to the second half of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton this weekend.
The WSR-run team has had mixed results so far in 2017 with driver Andrew Jordan superbly winning twice, but also enduring terrible luck on occasion, and lying seventh in the Drivers’ Championship.
Lichfield-based Andrew has taken BMW Pirtek Racing to fifth in the Teams’ Championship – best of the single-car entrants – and has played a role in BMW ascending to the head of the Manufacturers’ points.
The 2013 Champion, who carries 27kg success ballast in his BMW 125i M Sport, is determined to continue climbing the standings and to add to his pair of Snetterton BTCC career wins.
The Snetterton triple-header on July 29-30 is the sixth 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: “Snetterton’s a circuit I like and which I’ve won at twice in the BTCC. It’s also a track with a lot of slow corners, which should help us because when it comes to putting the power down exiting the tight stuff, there’s nothing better than the BMW. That, plus the fact that I’m only carrying 27kg success ballast, should mean that we’re in decent shape. Of course, the rest of the teams have made progress during the summer – just as we have – so we have to be mindful of that, but I really don’t see any reason why this weekend can’t be a good one.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It’s been an up-and-down first half of the season for BMW Pirtek Racing with highs like the victories at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park and the lows of Donington and Thruxton where we didn’t score many points. Andrew’s had five events to get used to racing a rear-wheel-drive touring car, which is a skill in itself, and we’re working better together as every event passes. We’re optimistic that we can achieve some strong results in the second half of the season, and I don’t think we’re out of the title fight either, but we have to start pulling back some points this weekend to stay in the hunt.”