Andrew Jordan ended his 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship fifth overall after taking a brilliant podium on the final weekend of the year at Brands Hatch.
The Lichfield driver played a significant role in BMW lifting the Manufacturers’ title and had a critical part to play in WSR stablemate Colin Turkington’s third championship crown as he held back title rival Tom Ingram to finish a brilliant third in the second race on the Grand Prix circuit.
Having finished eighth in Race One, the 2013 champion vaulted from that position on the grid to third on the opening lap of Race Two. He then battled hard in a multi-car dice and resisted all of Ingram’s attempts to pass to earn his sixth podium of the season.
The success ballast gained from that third-place cost him some pace in his BMW 125i M Sport, but he still got stuck in to a huge battle in the final race of the season finishing eighth.
Those three points finishes were enough to ensure he finished fifth overall in the standings and BMW Pirtek Racing ended the year seventh in the Teams’ Championship.
Andrew Jordan said: “It was a bittersweet feeling coming into Brands Hatch finale knowing I was mathematically out of the title hunt, so I just got stuck in to the fight and enjoyed myself. Race One was tricky, but in Race Two the car was super-fast. It was only two laps before the end of the second race that I knew what it meant if Tom Ingram passed me for third, in terms of the championship and Colin’s challenge. Up until that point I hadn’t even given it a thought, I was just trying to win the race. But I just couldn’t get by the car in front of me. But we have been very strong in the second half of the year, and it is a really encouraging end to the season. I really feel as if I have gelled with the BMW 125i M Sport. Two years of continuity has been really good and myself and Colin really push each other on which is good. I’ve been really happy with my driving, and I’ve enjoyed being with the team.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “AJ was top-class today. To finish third from eighth on the grid on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is exceptional. His starts in both race two and three were excellent. He is mega off the line and he is probably the best starter in our team now. It’s been a strong year and the competitiveness we have shown in the second half shows what we can achieve as a team with the right run of results.”