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BTCC's Andrew Jordan eyes a win at Brands Hatch

Saturday, September 23 2017

Former Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan will still be looking out for race wins at next weekend's (29 September-1 October) season finale on the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, despite pledging to support BMW team-mate Colin Turkington's title bid.

Jordan, the 2013 champion, is looking to end his first season in a rear-wheel-drive BTCC car in style, with a fourth victory.

Summing up the year, Andrew said: "It's been too up-and-down! We've had some really good weekends, but some bad ones too. Winning three races is good in any year; look at the amount of people who have actually won that many races this year, there's only a few of us. In terms of that I've been happy but we've had a run of bad luck now and then which we have to take on the chin.

"I've learnt a lot about the car and even if we have a tough weekend where the car struggles I know where the weaknesses are and when you've just go to settle for points at circuits that don't necessarily suit you like Thruxton. I've learnt a lot, really enjoyed working with the team and enjoyed winning with BMW, that's been something that I've been proud of. Also going to the end of the year knowing that we've learnt a lot and when I start next year I'll be a lot more experienced which will stand us in better stead."

Andrew firmly feels part of the WSR-run operation and this extends to playing his part to assist Turkington in the championship battle. "Absolutely, that goes without saying," he said. "From my point of view I think Colin or Ash deserve to win it, but obviously I'd like Colin to as he's my team-mate and I get on very well with him, so I'll do everything I can to help him cleanly. Outside of that it's down to those two to fight it out if it needs to get to the nitty-gritty, but if there's any way I can help and do it in a clean way then 100% I'll do it."

If team orders include a chance of winning, however, you can bet that Andrew will be taking it. "If I can round it out with four wins in my first year then that's something I'll be really happy with," he said. "I've got nothing else to lose, we've got to win the manufacturers' points , which is what we want to tie up this weekend along with Colin winning the main championship, so we've got lots of things that we want to achieve, but it'll be nice for me personally and the guys on my car to round it out with another win. Win the manufacturers, win the drivers, then win a race, those are my aims."

The BMW traditionally suits the Brands Hatch GP circuit, one which holds good memories for Andrew, who won the 2013 title here. "It does," he agrees. "It's one of my favourite circuits because it's fast and it's old school. I know what it's like for Colin and Ash, but also I know what it feels like to win it after a lot of pressure. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather be in that position of having pressure going into that final round, but hopefully I can play a part in helping Colin win the championship."

Tickets for the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 30 September-1 October are available in advance from £27 with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.