Andrew Jordan admits he is out to enjoy the BTCC experience as a whole more in 2017 as he embarks on what is set to be a competitive year with West Surrey Racing and BMW.
Running under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner, the 2013 champion joined the rest of the 32-car strong grid at Donington Park yesterday (16th March) for the traditional season launch.
Despite setting the 21st fastest time in the afternoon’s four-hour test session, Jordan worked through a meticulous programme in a bid to further improve the BMW 125i M-Sport – ultimately ending the day completing 58 laps.
Enduring the stresses and strains that come with constantly competing at the sharp end of the grid each year, the Lichfield-born racer has revealed he is heading into the year with a more relaxed mindset on the championship as a whole.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy on the subject, Jordan explained: “Nothing is forever so I really just want to enjoy being able to be in the position that I have worked hard to put myself in. I’m with what I believe is the best team in the paddock in West Surrey Racing and to be a manufacturer driver for BMW is something quite special.
“This year is my tenth season in the BTCC, which is quite amazing when you think about it as time has really just flown by. There are going to be good days and obviously bad days as the season goes on but I’m just of the mindset that I will take everything as it comes – I’m confident that it is going to be a great year.”
Jordan’s pre-season testing programme has been an intensive one so far and having the ability to draw on the experience of team-mates Colin Turkington and Rob Collard is something that he has utilised in a bid to further prepare himself for the new season.
He said: “Testing has been really strong, both here in the UK and when we went abroad to Spain. We made some real good steps forward with the car and as a whole, the team is working really well.
“I’m soaking up as much knowledge from both Colin and Rob as possible, they have a great knowledge of rear-wheel-drive and this car. I guess the only thing we can’t prepare for at the moment is how the car is when you have the traditional bumps in the BTCC. Reacting to that with the car will be something I’ll find out at some point I’m sure.”
Heading into the opening three rounds of the season at Brands Hatch in two weeks time, the Red Bull athlete has outlined that
“Obviously I want to win,” stated Jordan. “That is why we do all of this, to win. Given how competitive the grid is this year consistency is going to be more important that ever so if we can get three solid points finishes then that is a good start. If i can come away from the first event inside the top three then that would a strong start.”
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