BMW Pirtek Racing head into the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend aiming for a repeat of last year’s race-winning start.
Driver Andrew Jordan, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, triumphed on the opening weekend of the 2017 season to take the first of three wins in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
The 2013 series champion helped the Sunbury-on-Thames-based team claim the BTCC Manufacturers’ title for BMW last year and is aiming for a second Drivers’ crown this time around.
Andrew is a four-time winner at the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch Indy Circuit; his highlights being a double-victory in 2014 and his triumph of 2017 as he held off fellow WSR driver Colin Turkington under race-long pressure.
That most recent victory was the 12th on the circuit for WSR in the BTCC; the team having also claimed 35 podium finishes there since October 2001.
The Brands Hatch triple-header on April 7-8 is the first of 10 events in the BTCC’s 60th anniversary season, 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: “Last year couldn’t really have started any better with victory at Brands Hatch on my first weekend with BMW Pirtek Racing. That’s the kind of form I aim to take into the opening round of 2018. Last year was a great learning process for me as I acclimatised to racing with a new team and in a contemporary rear-wheel-drive touring car. Three wins and the Manufacturers’ Championship for BMW was great, but ultimately my aim was to challenge for the drivers’ title and with a year’s additional experience under my belt, this is again my target. We’ve made some strong progress in testing with the latest developments to the BMW and I’m feeling good.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “AJ had a good first year with BMW Pirtek Racing in 2017 with three wins and more distance led than any other driver, but there were some frustrating periods for him where results didn’t quite go his way and this meant his championship position wasn’t representative of his speed or the BMW’s. He’s a BTCC champion and helped us win the Manufacturers’ title for BMW last year, but he joined our team to win another Drivers’ crown and we’ll use all of our engineering know-how to try and help him achieve this.”