Andrew Jordan is aiming to fight his way to the front at Donington Park today after enduring a nightmare qualifying session which saw him end up P30.
Having showed promise in the opening BTCC practice session, the BMW Pirtek Racing driver hit trouble in the second session of the day as smoke poured from the exhaust of his 1-Series.
Diagnosed to be an issue with the turbo oil pump, West Surrey Racing set about rectifying the issue ahead of qualifying. However, as the session got underway, the 2013 champion’s rear-wheel-drive machine continued to smoke and despite taking to the track, he was soon black flagged having failed to set a competitive lap time.
Despite being frustrated at what could have been, Jordan is focused on making his way back towards the sharp end of the grid.
“It is annoying,” Jordan told BTCC Crazy following qualifying. “In free practice two we had an issue with the oil scavenge pump and although we put a new one on we still had the same issues and were black flagged.
“Since the first lap today we have had the pace and I’ve had the confidence to really lean on the car and maximise everything. We would have been in really good shape I think and it is frustrating to
“I don’t really have an idea about race pace because it is going to be a step into the unknown, not only for us but for everyone else on the grid as we haven’t had any dry running.
“The aim is going to be to move forward and play the long game. It is going to be tough but we need to salvage as many points as possible and see where we end up come the end of the day.”
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