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Andrew Jordan ready to take BTCC title right down to the wire

Friday, September 23 2016

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title contender Andrew Jordan is looking forward to next weekend's (1/2 October) finale on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit and doesn't feel under any pressure.

Despite scoring fewer points than he had entering last year's finale, the 2013 champion heads to Brands Hatch feeling more positive in the Motorbase Ford Focus than he had in the MG.

"Last year we went to the final round with a mathematical chance but frankly after qualifying that was never going to happen," said Andrew of his torrid season with MG. "There's been highs and some lows [this year], but to go to the final round as a contender to win races and be on the podium; you look at it on paper and it's been a solid season. I've been satisfied to be able to win races and be in at the sharp end.

"My aim is to take it into the final round. The car will be good and I'm up for the fight - once we get stuck in we'll see what might happen."

Andrew knows that things can go wrong for the title contenders, for he almost lost the championship in 2013 despite leading into the final event: "I remember being sat in the press conference, Gordon [Shedden] said that anything can happen and I was thinking that I'd got a 37-point lead, there's no way anything will be that bad and actually we only won it by seven points.

"We're in contention, but if we were second and 31 points behind it would be gloves off. There's quite a few people in between me and Sam [Tordoff], so if he had a bad weekend then other people can capitalise on it. I won't change my approach, I'll just go there and try and win races and hope that that's enough."

Team-mate Mat Jackson also stands between Andrew and title glory, but team orders aren't a concern for him. "No, not that I know of," he said. "I wouldn't have thought there would be team tactics, because we're both in with a chance of winning the championship and we're both in with a chance of winning the Independents title, so as far as I'm concerned there will be no team tactics over the weekend at all."

Andrew has prevailed in a five-way title fight, but beating seven contenders would really be something special. "From my point of view, if I won it I would be surprised," he said. "I'm going into it fairly relaxed - it would take some bad luck for those in front for me to win it, but winning it in whatever way is winning the championship!

"There's absolutely zero pressure, but I won't give up until it's mathematically impossible, so until they say it's done I'll keep on fighting and see if I can cause some trouble."

BTCC title contenders
1. Sam Tordoff, 278pts
2. Gordon Shedden, 267pts (-11)
3. Matt Neal, 265pts (-13)
4. Robert Collard, 261pts (-78)
5. Mat Jackson, 257pts  (-21)
6. Andrew Jordan, 247pts  (-31)
7. Colin Turkington, 241pts  (-37)
8. Jason Plato, 220pts (-58)

Tickets for the BTCC finale at Brands Hatch on 1/2 October are available in advance from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.