BMW Pirtek Racing driver Andrew Jordan aims to turn his excellent 2018 race speed into three strong results as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship visits Thruxton this weekend.
With average lap speeds of over 111mph in qualifying, the Hampshire venue is the UK’s fastest circuit and was the scene of BMW’s 100th BTCC win last year, courtesy of a double victory for WSR-run 125i M Sports.
Andrew, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, is a master of Thruxton’s high-speed sweeps. He took pole position there in the BTCC in three consecutive seasons from 2012-14 and has two wins and nine podium finishes to his name.
The 2013 BTCC champion has a 100 per cent finishing record so far in what has been the most closely-fought start to a campaign in living memory with five winners and 13 different podium finishers from the first six races.
He knows that a victory would likely move him into the top six of the Drivers’ Championship, while reigning Manufacturers’ Champions BMW are also determined to move up from their current second spot in the points table.
The Thruxton triple-header on May 19-20 is the third of 10 events in this year’s 60th anniversary BTCC 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: “Thruxton is one of my favourite circuits because it’s so high-speed and there’s no better feeling than winning a wheel-to-wheel battle with another driver around one of the long corners here. You need to be brave, but you also need a well-handling car – like the BMW – that enables you to extract maximum performance from the tyres in qualifying, but also to look after the rubber over a race distance.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Thruxton is a circuit that holds some very happy memories for us, such as the double win we scored last year to give BMW their 100th BTCC victory, but memories don’t win you championships and we’re focused on this weekend. As a track, Thruxton places very high demands on tyres; so much so that the rules dictate all cars must use the hard-compound Dunlops in all three races to reduce the risk of punctures. Our BMWs have traditionally allowed our drivers to look after their tyres well over a race distance and this should mean we’re able to race our way towards the front as the laps count down.”