BMW Pirtek Racing will start from the second row for tomorrow’s opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill as Andrew Jordan qualified in third place.
The 2013 champion had been one of the front-runners throughout Saturday’s sessions in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
After going third-fastest in opening practice, he topped the timesheets in FP2 and headed into qualifying aiming for pole position.
Carrying 15kg success ballast, Andrew was the first driver to dip under the 51-second mark in qualifying, and agonisingly missed out on the top spot by just five hundredths of a second.
His result equalled the Lichfield driver’s best of the season; Andrew having taken the same result at Croft in June.
Andrew’s performances this year have helped BMW to hold first place in the Manufacturers’ Championship while he is ninth in the Drivers’ title race.
Two more triple-header rounds remain; at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, once the Knockhill weekend finishes.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’m happy with today’s result. I’ve equalled my best of the year but honestly, having been top-three in all the sessions, I really wanted pole today. It wasn’t easy to get into a rhythm because of the number of yellow flags, and when you have the added pressure of qualifying, it makes it tough. The fact is I have a great car underneath me and we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow, when we expect it to rain.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It’s been a very good day for Andrew and BMW Pirtek Racing. He came here with his sights set on pole and he very nearly achieved it. He was in the top three in every session today so he thoroughly deserves this result. From the second row, and with not too much success ballast, he has a great opportunity to finish on the podium tomorrow. We don’t expect the weather conditions to be like this tomorrow, so we’ll explore all set-up options to maximise his chances.”