BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan qualified in the top six for the British Touring Car Championship’s 60th anniversary ‘Diamond Double’ race at Snetterton.
The 2013 series champion, who lies fourth in the Drivers’ points table, put his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport sixth on the grid, continuing a strong run of Saturday form that had included a top-six qualifying result at each of the past three rounds.
Andrew was the highest-placed competitor in a rear-wheel-drive car in second qualifying, which determined the grid for the double-points, double-distance third race, and also showed competitive speed when saddled with 48kg success ballast in Race One qualifying.
The 29-year-old from Lichfield qualified 11th for the opener at a circuit not acknowledged as suiting rear-wheel-drive cars and where weight penalises drivers more than at most other venues.
BMW Pirtek Racing lie seventh in the Teams’ Championship while Andrew’s results have helped BMW to head the Manufacturers’ points table.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’m pretty happy with the pace we could show when the weight came off the car for second qualifying, because carrying 48kg around here is a pretty big penalty. We’ve had the fastest time by a rear-wheel-drive car in Q2 and that’s a big boost for me and actually our qualifying performances for the past three events have been very strong and show the progress the BMW Pirtek Racing team have made to get me into this position in the championship. What we can do tomorrow will depend a lot on the weather, but I know I can go forwards in all three races.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew and BMW Pirtek Racing have done well today to be the fastest rear-wheel-drive team when success ballast was taken away for second qualifying and fastest rear-wheel-drive team with a heavy car in regular qualifying. As a team, there’s been strong progress over the past couple of rounds and if that continues tomorrow with three good results, he’ll be right in the thick of the championship fight. The team deserved a win here last year so everyone will be pushing hard to get one this time.”