BMW Pirtek Racing were cruelly denied a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory after an electronic problem struck Andrew Jordan with only two laps to go at Snetterton.
Staffordshire racer Andrew had convincingly led the final race of the weekend and was controlling his pace at the front when the issue caused his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport to slow to a crawl.
After twice re-setting his car, a disappointed Jordan was able to finish 21st.
The 2013 BTCC champion had earlier scythed through the field from eighth on the grid to finish fourth in Race One and then added a solid sixth place in Race Two.
Andrew’s results maintained his seventh place in the Drivers’ Championship and put Sunbury-on-Thames-based BMW Pirtek Racing sixth in the Teams’ points race. BMW increased their advantage in the Manufacturers’ standing as well.
The BTCC continues at Knockhill, Scotland, on August 12-13.
Andrew Jordan said: “We were so fast today, it’s a real shame to lose a certain victory. After I’d got to the front in Race Three, I was sure I could win and was concentrating on keeping Gordon (Shedden) behind me. If everything had held together, it would have put me fifth in the championship and really helped me to close the points gap to the leaders.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “BMW Pirtek Racing have shown very strong pace today and Andrew has done an extremely good job when you look at where he was after qualifying, so it’s a real shame that he’s lost a win in Race Three to an electronic issue. He’s seventh in the Drivers’ Championship, which at least means he’ll go to Knockhill with a relatively light car, and we’ll be aiming to be just as strong there.”