Andrew Jordan has said that he is keen to take full advantage of having the benefit of continuity on his side heading into the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The 2013 champion is set to embark on his second campaign with West Surrey Racing this year, running under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner once again.
Getting to grips with rear-wheel-drive in 2017, the 28-year-old ended the year with three wins, finishing ninth in the overall standings.
Remaining in the BMW 1-Series and alongside Colin Turkington and Rob Collard again this year, Jordan is optimistic that he can build on the lessons already learnt.
“I’m really excited for this season,” Jordan told BTCC Crazy at the Autosport Show. “This will be the first time since 2014 that I’ll be racing in the same car as the previous season and that is quite significant.
“Continuity can be overlooked in the BTCC but it is a huge benefit. To go into my second season with West Surrey Racing with the same team-mates and engineers around me is only a positive, we can all build on what was achieved last year.”
Jordan and the rest of the BMW squad are set to begin their preparations for the forthcoming season in mid-February, with a host of test days in place at various circuits in the UK.
Already aware of what areas he and the team will look to focus on in the run-up to the new season, the BMW driver is keen to get back behind the wheel.
He explained: “One of the key things that I want to work on in testing is getting the best out of the car in qualifying. There were several instances last year that we didn’t have the outright pace on a Saturday and that obviously had a big impact on my race day.
“Getting the best out of the new tyre compound proved to be tricky so that will be something I personally want to get on top of. Having a couple of wet days whilst we are testing wouldn’t be a bad thing either as we can really dig into making the car work better in those conditions – I just want to get going now.”
Keen to clinch what will be his second overall title in the BTCC this year, the Red Bull athlete admits 2018 could be the toughest yet in terms of competition.
“The aim is always to be a contender,” Jordan stated. “Last year I won three races which was the same as Colin, however bad luck struck on quite a few occasions. Given the landscape of the BTCC and how competitive it is, it isn’t out the realms of possibility that someone can win the title without actually winning a race – consistency is key.
“I’m as hungry as ever to win a second BTCC title and I’ll be giving it everything, as always, to do that this year.”
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