Three top six finishes for Jordan at Donington
News release date: Monday 16 April 2012
Andrew Jordan, Jeff Smith and Pirtek Racing claimed five top six finishes in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park on Sunday (15 April). Though he consistently ran at the head of the action and retained third place in the overall standings, Andrew declared it a frustrating weekend in the topsy-turvy world of the BTCC.
In front of another huge crowd and a live TV audience, the Pirtek Racing Honda Civics were always near the centre of the action with Jordan taking a fifth and two six places as Smith claimed a fifth and a sixth in another day of high drama and excitement in the BTCC.
Both cars qualified in the top 10, with Andrew taking fourth slot on the grid for the opening race at his home track on a cold but bright day. The low ambient temperature caused problems getting heat into the slick racing tyres and Andrew was caught out at the start of the opening race when the rear of the car broke away and he lost several places as a result. He then had to fight hard to get back up the order. “I got back up to sixth: the car was good and lasted well and I made some good moves,” he said after the race.
In the second race of the day, Andrew was soon fighting hard and looked to have the pace to challenge for a podium finish until a nudge from a rival cost him a lot of ground. “I had a good start and a good battle with Tom Onslow-Cole. Just as I got him into McLeans I got a tap from behind from Dave Newsham. That sent me through the gravel and I lost a lot of ground, but I got back up to fifth,” said Andrew of what could have been a podium result.
For the third and final race of the day, the Pirtek cars were drawn on the front row, but Smith made a poor start and was swamped on the run to the first corner. With the ambient temperature dropping further, Andrew had another big slide at Redgate. “It went pretty quickly: it might just have been the cold tyres or I got a little nudge.” Then, a couple of laps later there was a big mix-up on the run out of the Old Hairpin after Rob Collard’s BMW bounced across the grass. “There were four or five cars to the right that had slowed as the BMW came back on,” said Andrew. “I went left and I thought there was probably a bigger gap than there was,” he said as the move ended in a clash with Matt Neal. Both spun but Andrew was able to rejoin, although the car’s handling had suffered as he battled home sixth, one place behind his team mate.