BMW Pirtek Racing aim to end the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on a high at the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend.
Andrew Jordan has won three times in 2017 in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport including an opening-round victory on the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit in April; his results helping BMW to enter the final event of the season at the head of the Manufacturers’ Championship.
The Lichfield driver, who clinched the BTCC drivers’ title at the Kent circuit in 2013, lies eighth in the points table this time around while BMW Pirtek Racing are sixth in the Teams’ Championship.
This weekend’s races bring to a close Andrew’s maiden season in a rear-wheel-drive touring car; a campaign that most recently featured a superb comeback drive from 26th on the grid to eighth place in Race Three at Silverstone.
The Brands Hatch triple-header on September 30-October 1 is the last 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: “It’s been a year of ups and downs in my first year in a rear-wheel-drive car. Three wins proves how much we’ve learnt together and that the speed is definitely there in the BMW, but a lot of bad luck has prevented us from consistently fighting for the top step of the podium. Brands Hatch is a circuit I enjoy immensely and there’s probably no bigger challenge as a BTCC driver than nailing a perfect lap here. Winning the BTCC title here in 2013 is the highlight of my career so far and I’ll definitely be aiming for at least a podium finish this weekend.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “BMW Pirtek Racing have had some incredible highs this year with three wins for AJ in his first season racing a rear-wheel-drive touring car. There’s been some bad luck too with results lost as a result of bad driving from others, but we’ll use all our experience to try and make sure we avoid that this weekend. The Brands Hatch GP circuit has historically been a track where front-wheel-drive cars have an advantage, but with 21kg success ballast, AJ’s car isn’t especially heavy, so we’ll be working hard to finish as high as we can and help BMW secure the Manufacturers’ Championship.”