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Jordan to commence bid to become youngest BTCC champion

Thursday, March 29 2012

Becoming the youngest ever British Touring Car champion is the target Andy Jordan is setting himself this season, as he commences his title bid at Brands Hatch this weekend (31 March - 1 April).

The 22-year-old, driving for Pirtek Racing, is considered as a dark horse for the title in 2012 after bursting on to the BTCC scene last year by regularly contending for podiums and victories. With a brand new Honda Civic NGTC car, identical to those of the works Honda Racing team, Jordan feels he can be classed alongside championship's best drivers this season, and is targeting a serious assault on the coveted crown.               

He said: "I want to win the championship and that is my aim. I want to be the youngest ever champion. There are lot of other people wanting to win it. It will be very hard but we will just keep our heads down and hopefully it pays off.

"I like to think I'm up there with the big boys now. I'm into my fifth season now and we have got one of the top cars and we really need to deliver on that. Hopefully I might be the person to take the title off Matt Neal and Jason Plato."

The new Honda Civic NGTC has suffered its fair share of teething issues during development in the close season, but Jordan remains unperturbed and is convinced working alongside Honda will turn the car into a winner.  

He said: "It's going ok so far. We have made some changes to the car but there is still a fair bit of work to do on it. We will just keep our head down and work hard and see where that gets us. We have got the same equipment as the Honda guys so we need to deliver. It's good to be working with Honda and Team Dynamics, we have a good relationship which I hope to build on. We are both trying different things to try and move the whole project on. We have not done as much testing as we would have liked, but I'm sure we will be up there come the first round."

Brands Hatch has proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Sutton Coldfield driver after recording victory at the Kent venue in 2010. However, with a mixture NGTC and S2000 cars populating the grid, he feels it is difficult to pick a winner this weekend.         

He said: "I've won a race at Brands in Touring Cars and the place always makes for great racing. It's so close round there. I think it's going to be really unpredictable with the mixture of the older cars that we know work well, alongside the new cars. I think it will be a bit of a topsy turvey grid."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 31 March - 1 April are available in advance from £25, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.