Reigning British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan has admitted he is fighting fit and ready for battle commence at Knockhill in just over one weeks time.
The Pirtek Racing driver endured a Snetterton weekend that turned out to be tough, both physically and mentally.
After suffering a mild concussion on the Saturday after a practice crash, the Honda Civic pilot was ruled out of qualifying on medical grounds and despite being cleared by the TOCA medical team on race day, the 25-year-old suffered throughout the day and was left with severe exhaustion after race two, ruling him out of the reverse grid encounter.
More than a week on from rounds 16, 17 and 18, Jordan has recovered and believes the right decisions were made at Snetterton by his Pirtek squad and the BTCC medical team.
Speaking about that troubled weekend to BTCC Crazy, Jordan said: “I’m feeling fine now, I had to go and have an MRI scan last Tuesday which came back fine but to be honest I knew there wasn’t going to be anything wrong. Dr. Trafford from the TOCA medical team asked me to go and have one so I took his advice and got checked out.
“That Sunday at Snetterton was hard and I’ve never before felt like I did when I got out of the car after race two. Although it was the medics that said I couldn’t race, I don’t think my Dad would have let me anyway when he saw the state I was in. The exhaustion had built up from being in the car and also some fumes got into the cockpit in race two, much of it did stem from incident on Saturday as well though.
“I was in a bad way but I’m a fighter and once I had been to the medical center there was about 20 minutes to go before the final race, so I asked the question if there was any chance I could compete but there wasn’t a chance.”
He added: “That is the way it goes but with something like that, it isn’t just my safety, I’m racing 30 other drivers and it is very close out there. If I’m not going to be at my very best physically and mentally then it isn’t fair because I put them at risk also.”
Having only scored a single point at the East Anglia circuit, Jordan now trails series leader Colin Turkington by 78 markers with just 12 races remaining.
With a maximum of 67 points available at each meeting, the defending champion admits that the pressure is off and that it is to be maximum attack for the remainder of the season, regardless of if he retains his title.
“Up until now I’ve always been obsessed with keeping my points ticking along and now I don’t need to do that,” admitted the Red Bull athlete.
“The position I am now in basically means stripping back everything to one thing, I can really enjoy my racing. There is no pressure on me now, I can be on maximum attack for wins and podiums and to be honest that is probably when I am at my best, the gloves are off.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at Knockhill. There is no need to fixate on the championship although I’m not going to give up. The aim now is to have fun with a great group of people and chase the best results possible.”
The BTCC heads to Scotland for rounds 19, 20 and 21 on the 23/24 August, with a whole host of special celebrations taking place throughout the weekend.
Keep your eyes peeled this weekend for in-depth interview with the reigning champion surrounding an upcoming celebration of his own.
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