After a character-building 2015, Andrew Jordan appeared to be back in the groove behind the wheel this past weekend as he made his Motorbase Performance debut at Brands Hatch.
Kicking off the new season in his distinctively liveried Pirtek Racing Ford Focus, the 2013 champion was evidently more at home behind the wheel of his hatchback machine than he had been with the MG6 GT last year.
Despite being baulked in qualifying which left him starting race one from P14, proceeding’s wouldn’t get off to the best of starts for the Red Bull athlete as boost sensor issues saw him limp home to P11. The Jordan of old though would showcased what he is about later in the day though as he charged from outside of the top ten on the soft tyre to take fourth.
Jordan then repeated the feat in the reverse grid encounter as he pipped triple-champion Matt Neal in the closing stages to leave the Kent venue sitting tied for fourth in the standings and in high spirits.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy, Jordan said: “I obviously would have really liked to get a podium on my debut for the team but we just didn’t have enough in the soft tyre to get us there in that second race. I’m really happy though, the boost issue was disappointing but we bounced back well and proved that the pace is there in the car – had we not had that then I think we could have left with a trophy.
“I felt really good behind the wheel too, it [the car] seems to be doing what I want it to do and I have settled into the team very quickly. I know it sounds very cliche but I do feel like I have been with the team for longer than I actually have been and that is a great sign.
“We aren’t quite there regarding the ultimate pace at the moment but we know what direction we need to go to make sure we will be. I’m confident that come Donington Park we will be right in the mix.”
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