BMW Pirtek Racing head to Oulton Park this weekend aiming for a repeat of their victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship last year.
Driver Andrew Jordan enjoyed his best weekend of the 2017 season at the Cheshire parkland circuit as he scored a win and a second-place finish in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
Fully recovered from the virus that forced him to miss the last of Thruxton’s three races in May, the 29-year-old from Lichfield, Staffordshire, is confident that his pair of determined top-six finishes from the previous round can act as a springboard for even better things this time around.
The Oulton Park Island Circuit holds happy memories for Andrew. He has scored 10 podium finishes on its 2.2-mile layout, recorded his first top-three finish there in 2008 and has won twice.
For WSR, Oulton Park has also been a happy hunting ground. The Sunbury-on-Thames-based team have recorded 31 podium finishes and 11 wins in 20 years. Another triumph this weekend would mean that the BMW 125i M Sport has been victorious in five consecutive seasons at the track.
The Oulton Park triple-header on June 9-10 is the fourth 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: “Oulton Park is an amazing circuit and I always enjoy racing there. I scored my first BTCC podium there 10 years ago and usually run strongly. Last year, we came to Oulton ballast-free and had a massive weekend by qualifying on the front row, winning and getting three very good points scores. This year we’re in a more-or-less identical position championship-wise and again arrive ballast-free, so a repeat is exactly what I’m looking for.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew really kicked his season back into life at Thruxton with two strong points finishes, despite him being so ill he had to withdraw ahead of the final race. We have every reason to believe we can be successful this weekend. With Andrew back to full fitness, a ballast-free BMW and a circuit at which we’ve been able to win with the car for the past four seasons, we head to Oulton with plenty of optimism.”