Andrew Jordan celebrated his 300th Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race start at Brands Hatch today and demonstrated that he’s one of the top title contenders this season after a strong performance in his WSR-run BMW Pirtek Racing 125i M Sport.
Having qualified fifth, Andrew climbed into fourth at the start of Race One, before a fantastic move at Paddock Hill Bend at one-third-distance moved him to third.
He held onto that position to the chequered flag, officially giving the BMW 125i M Sport, built and run by WSR, its 100th BTCC podium finish!
The 28-year old driver from Lichfield, Staffordshire, made another great start to a wet Race Two to lead his 300th BTCC race for 10 laps.
However, on a quickly drying track, his wet tyres “fell off a cliff” and he felt like “a wounded animal” from mid-distance onwards. He could do little to prevent himself dropping to 21st.
Starting the third and final race from the inside of row 11, Andrew made another wonderful start and was soon up 12th, before collision-induced damage left him with an out-of-balance car and unable to attack or defend as he slipped back to 17th.
The next event takes place at Donington Park on 28-29 April.
Andrew Jordan said: “A podium finish in Race One was a great start to the season and shows our true potential this year, although Races Two and Three were very frustrating – but that’s the way it goes sometimes. We can certainly take good pace and a lot of positives away from the opening race weekend. We made three good starts, although that’s only a small part of it, and we’re very encouraged by the pace of the car. We’ve got a test at Thruxton next week and we’ll work hard and see what we can find there and look forward to taking all the positions to the next race meeting at Donington.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew made three very good race starts this weekend and he’s performed very well. His podium in Race One shows the potential of the BMW, and it was only the changing track conditions that prevented us getting a very good result in Race Two. He won Race Three at Brands Hatch last year and was going well again, but he got hit – and you only need part of the suspension to be out of alignment slightly and you cannot maintain the same pace. We’ll do a post-mortem to find out exactly what’s happened and go from there. But all in all, it’s been a very encouraging start.”