Andrew Jordan has warned his rivals that he will be in ‘all-out attack mode’ at Snetterton as he bids to bounce back from a disastrous qualifying session.
The Pirtek Racing driver will line up 31st for today’s opening encounter after a power steering failure scuppered his chances of setting a lap time in qualifying around the 2.99 mile circuit.
Having shown glimpses of pace earlier in the day, issues in second free practice saw the 2013 champion on the back foot heading into the shootout for pole position and things went from bad to worse as soon as the session began.
“I knew as soon as I left the garage in qualifying that we had an issue,” Jordan admitted to BTCC Crazy. “We had a differential issue in second practice so we’re not sure if that has had an effect on it but it is so frustrating.
“If it had been a hydraulic motor then I probably would have been able to muscle it round and drag a time out which would have put us inside the top 20. Unfortunately it is an electric motor and once they go on these cars it is near impossible to drive them.
“The team worked hard to get me out but we just ran out of time so we start from the back row – it is a major blow and it hurts championship wise.”
Starting from the back row of the grid and keen to limit the damage on what impact this weekend’s results could have on his championship chances, the Red Bull athlete is hoping to be a man on the move as quickly as possible.
He explained: “I’ll be in all-out attack mode! Due to the the series being so competitive now I don’t have the luxury of being able to know we can pick our way through and be on the cusp of the top ten by the end of race one.
“I’m going to need to be ruthless – any gap that becomes available I will be going for because I need to be picking those at the back off as soon as possible. This is about damage limitation and if we are within the top ten by race two and in the mix for the reverse grid draw then I’d be really surprised.
“This is going to be a tough day but we just have to give it our all and see where we end up!”
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