Andrew Jordan secured a vital third-row starting position for the penultimate round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.
Lying fourth in the Drivers’ points table, the BMW Pirtek Racing driver was among the front-runners in both free practice sessions on the 1.6-mile National Circuit and translated that speed into the afternoon to qualify fifth in his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport.
The 29-year-old from Lichfield was just 15 hundredths of a second away from pole position in an ultra-close session that featured the top 24 cars within half a second.
It is the sixth time this year that Andrew – the 2013 BTCC champion – has qualified inside the top six and gives him a crucial springboard towards a strong points haul for Sunday’s three races.
Andrew has helped BMW into the lead of the Manufacturers’ Championship – a title that could be decided tomorrow – and is aiming to continue the form that made him the joint-top points scorer at Knockhill last time out.
Andrew Jordan said: “Fifth is a great place to start when you consider I’m carrying 48kg success ballast and everyone I need to gain points on is outside the top 15. There’s a little bit of disappointment that I’m not even further up because the speed we had in practice, and in a very good first qualifying run, made me think I could be on the second row at least. The second run wasn’t quite as fast because the track was pretty crowded, but it was very good that we’d got the banker lap in nice and early. The BMW’s been quick from the off today so I don’t see any reason why I can’t take a big chunk of points out of the championship leaders tomorrow.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew’s had a very good day. Fifth on the grid with 48kg ballast makes him the fastest of the ‘heavyweights’, and he’s been in that position across both practice sessions too. He’s very much in the title fight, which is something he’s been used to over the past few seasons, and he knows that if he can take a big ch