After claiming his first victory of the season at Snetterton, Andrew Jordan and his Pirtek Racing team are heading over the boarder to the Knockhill circuit full of confidence ahead of rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the British Touring Car Championship.
The seventh stop on the BTCC calendar is one that provides exhilarating non-stop action and unpredictable racing that is seen to sort the men from the boys. Jordan left the Norfolk circuit off the back of three top five finishes which allowed him to close up to the top three in the overall championship as well as extend his Independents lead. The young charger has now thrown his name into contention to claim a maiden BTCC title.
“We’re certainly not out of it and a couple more days like that could really get us into the title battle,” he said after a fabulous weekend at Snetterton.
Although the main target for Andrew is to secure his first BTCC Independents’ Trophy title this season, upon which he has a 48 point lead within, the belief is that a title challenge is a realistic shot although it won’t be easy. The Pirtek driver sits fourth in the championship on 218 points but trails 40 points behind the top three with Matt Neal on 255 points, Gordon Shedden on 247 and Jason Plato on 245. With the consistency of the top three title protagonists being so high Jordan knows that pulling points on them is going to be tough however due to the close racing and surprises that the Dunfermline track can throw up that points gap can close within a race weekend especially when Honda driver has precise game plan for the weekend.
“You just need to score consistently at Knockhill and try and keep out of trouble. I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I think we’ll be okay at Knockhill as our tyre grip is very good and there are not as many long straights for us to lose out on,” he added.
The BTCC organisers have persistently hindered the Honda Civics straight line speed but it remains one of the best handling cars on the grid which could be a significant advantage around the Scottish highlands.
The quest for pole position in qualifying takes place at 15:15 on Saturday 25th August which will be streamed live on www.itv.com/btcc/ and the first of three BTCC races will be at 12.00 on Sunday, with race two at 14.40 and race three at 17.05. All the action from Sunday begins at 11:00 on ITV4.
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