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Andrew Jordan Taking Positives From Maiden Season With West Surrey Racing

Andrew Jordan says he will take the positives from his maiden season with West Surrey Racing as he looks ahead to a second campaign with the team in 2018.

Enduring a difficult end to the season at Brands Hatch this past weekend, the Pirtek Racing driver played a part in BMW wrapping up the 2017 Manufacturers’ Championship crown.

Finishing P27, P17 and P13 across the respective three races at the Kent circuit, the 28-year-old had hoped for better as he signed off the year behind-the-wheel of the 1-Series.

Making the switch to rear-wheel-drive this season, the 2013 champion had a rollercoaster campaign with three victories being the standout moments as he also endured his fair share of bad luck.

“It was always going to be tough after qualifying and if we’d been able to get one more run in in the session, I think we could have been higher up the grid,” he said. “It was a difficult decision to make on the tyres ahead of race one and unfortunately for us, the gamble didn’t work out as we hoped and the circuit dried.

“The grid is so tight this season that race two was always going to be tough from the back but we made decent progress, and then we picked up some valuable points in race three as I helped BMW to wrap up the Manufacturers’ title.

“To have taken three wins this season in my first year with the BMW has been good, and I think I’ve been able to learn a lot that I can take into next year. I feel I’ve settled in well with the team and am comfortable in the car, and I see no reason why we can’t look to challenge for honours next season.

“My outright pace this year has been good but we’ve just not always had luck on our side and haven’t had the consistency we needed. With a good winter programme underneath us, and the consistency of knowing that I’m working with the same team and in the same car, that is something I’ll be looking to put right in 2018.”

Article originally written on Tuesday, 3 October 2017. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.