Jordan ready to win at Croft after double podium at Oulton ParkPosted: June 13, 2012 Filed under: British Touring Cars | Tags: 2012, Andrew Jordan, BTCC, Oulton Park, Pirtek Racing Leave a comment
Andrew Jordan said that the two podiums at Oulton Park last weekend were just what he needed as he hunts for that elusive first win of 2012 more than ever, saying that the team are now heading in the right direction.
Jordan has been unlucky this season and vowed to improve his consistency after a messy Thruxton, and the Eurotech man had his best showing of the season as he chased fellow Honda drivers Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden home in the first two races on his way to two second place finishes at Cheshire.
The third race did not go to plan however as he was fired off into the barriers at Old Hall after a collision with Rob Collard much to his dismay, but Jordan said that the podium finishes were exactly what he and the team needed to re-ignite their season, and that a win is not far away as he heads to Croft, the track he famously claimed his first BTCC win at back in 2010.
“We’ll win one of these soon hopefully!” he joked. “It was good fun, we really needed that. We had a torrid Thruxton and we really needed a good result.
“It was hard, you could really feel the weight and I think we were the biggest gainer from the first race with 36 kilos on. You could feel that towards the last part of the race.
“Two seconds is a good result so we’re going in the right direction.”
Jordan felt he was unlucky not to have won the second race of the day as he lost out to Shedden in a big battle early in the race that saw him chase the Scot home.
“I think Matt (Neal) had a straight line problem and up the hill I caught him a lot so I had to blend out of the throttle and that kind of took my eye off the ball a little bit because I was concentrating on not running him in the back coming into Druids and Gordon popped up the inside. That’s what won him the race really because up until the last few laps we were pretty even I’d say.
“I‘d say there were a few more openings in race two than there was with Matt, but he was driving really well and covering every line so if I was close enough I’d have a little bit of a lunge.”
Jordan’s Pirtek squad work closely with the works Dynamics/Yuasa Racing Honda team, but he says that now he wants to beat the champion squad more than ever after playing it safe to pocket championship points at Oulton Park.
“We act as though we are one big team, but equally I’m getting more and more like ‘I want to win one of these!’
“There were a few areas where I was a bit stronger but to be honest I didn’t want to risk anything, there’s no point. I’ve done that at Donington and it wasn’t too nice!”
Jordan was also very disappointed however with the incident with Collard that cost him valuable race three points, saying on Twitter afterwards: “That was a bad end to a good day! I don’t mind a little bit of rubbing but if I wanted to go stock car racing I would do Brisca F1 not BTCC”.