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BTCC champ Jordan: "We'll be strong at Snetterton"

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan has been working hard over the summer to boost his title defence, which resumes at Snetterton this weekend (2/3 August).

The champion lost his title lead to Colin Turkington at Oulton Park in early June, but bounced back with a win in the most recent round at Croft, ensuring that he went into the summer break full of confidence.

After leading the championship since the Brands Hatch opener, Andrew took just 15 points from the Oulton Park round, dropping behind Turkington. "It was a surprise just because of the circumstances in qualifying," he said, referring to his success ballast-affected 13th place on the grid. "But if you look at Matt Neal it was exactly the same scenario and situation he was in, so whilst it wasn't expected, it wasn't the end of the world."

Rival Turkington had another good weekend at Croft, taking two wins, but he failed to finish the third race, which Andrew won, bringing him back into the picture and pegging the gap at 28 points.

"I don't think we were ever out of the game," Andrew said. "If people think that at round four or five of the championship then that's a bit silly. It's always nice to win; it's one thing being consistent but wins float my boat more. It's a tough championship and there's still a long way to go, so we'll just keep scoring and even if it's picking up some points now and then, that's what I need to do.

"I think it's been good so far: four wins out of fifteen races, which is more than we'd had last year at this point. The consistency hasn't been as good as last year, but I've looked and I'm only five points behind where I was last year. Just because Colin's got a bit of a lead, it doesn't mean that it's over yet, it can go up and down so I'm not stressing about it yet."

Even so, Andrew has been testing during the summer break, but he says that has always been part of the plan: "We'd be here even if the BMWs were slow if I'm honest. We can't really control what they do, so we're trying to make our package quicker.

"I think we should be really good at Snetterton," Andrew predicts. "We've found some stuff in testing that will help. We won a race there last year, so I think we'll be strong. If we can just qualify well and stay out of trouble I think that will be the plan of attack. The circuit is one of the most ballast-dependent, so it's better to have 27kgs rather than (Turkington's) 45. We'll still be at a bit of a disadvantage, but we had more than that last year and we qualified around the top five, so I think we can get on the first few rows.

"Snetterton's hairpins and corners make for good racing. Hairpins give some good overtaking places, which I utilised last year."

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