Andrew Jordan was denied a shot at a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race victory of on a luckless race day at Rockingham.
The BMW Pirtek Racing driver was confident of a strong points haul at the Northamptonshire circuit, and made strong starts to each of the day’s three races in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
Unfortunately, the 2013 champion was the victim of several on-track incidents that limited him to 15th and 13th-place finishes during the day.
Forced to come to a standstill to avoid major contact with a spun car at the start of Race One, the Lichfield driver fell to the back of the 31-car field, but made up 16 places in less than 18 laps to finish in the points, despite using the harder Dunlop ‘option’ tyre, which was less favourable than the softer ‘control’ rubber in the tricky wet/dry conditions.
With the hard tyre out of the way, 13th place secured in Race Two, and no success ballast on his BMW, a strong result in Race Three looked likely.
Unfortunately, after another rocket start that brought him into the top five, he was again the victim of another driver’s incident as he was hit hard as a rival attempted to rejoin the circuit after an ‘off’. The resulting suspension damage caused his retirement in the pits.
Andrew lies 10th in the Drivers’ Championship, although his points finishes in Races One and Two did help cement BMW’s position at the head of the Manufacturers’ standings.
Three rounds of the series remain with the next taking place at Knockhill, Scotland, on August 25-26.
Andrew Jordan said: “Today was a case of ‘wrong place, wrong time’. If there was an incident on-track, it either happened right in front of me and needed some avoiding action that cost me a place or time, or it happened to me. Race Three was the worst because I was on the control tyre and up to the top five when the contact happened. I’m sure I could have won that race. The positive is that I only take 9kg ballast to Knockhill, which is a track where the BMW’s been extremely strong in the past, so we’ll go there and aim to do some serious damage and re-ignite the title charge.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “I can’t believe the amount of bad luck AJ’s suffered today. Every incident on-track seemed to happen to him or right in front of him, and typically, he was forced to back off to avoid contact, which allowed other cars to pass him from further back. On the right tyre, and with no success ballast in Race Three, I believe he had a very good chance to win the race. Unfortunately, he’s again been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes that’s just how it goes.”