Andrew Jordan takes double ..
Independent victoryAndrew Jordan was one of the stars of the day in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park yesterday (Sunday 4 May). In only his third weekend of BTCC racing, Andrew battled with the biggest names in the championship in some truly challenging conditions to twice win the Independent Trophy and take a fifth and a sixth place overall.Mike (50) and Andrew (18) are making BTCC history this season in the pair of Honda Integras from John Guest Racing by being the first father and son team to compete in the championship.While Andrew's performances were nothing short of sensational, given his lack of experience at this level, Mike was also in the thick of some fabulous BTCC action and twice claimed top 10 places. But it was Andrew taking the glory at their home track. "I couldn't even begin to put into words what I feel about Andrew's results today," said Mike at the end of a remarkable day.Qualifying on Saturday had been disappointing after both cars ran well within the top 10 times during free practice. But from 12th on the grid, Andrew was soon charging up the order in the opening race on his way to an eventual fifth overall and first Independent. "In the first race I got a mega started and made up a lot of places," said Andrew, who raced comfortably with some of the biggest names in the BTCC, despite two safety car interruptions. "The car felt awesome and that was my first independents' win and fifth overall, which was a great result." Mike also netted a top 10 finish to make it a great start to the day for the team.It seemed like it was going wrong for Andrew at the start of the second race when his engine cut as he moved into fifth place on the grid. "Then the starter wouldn't engage, so I sat there on the grid waving frantically. But finally it re-started," he said after the start was briefly delayed.By now, the track was pretty damp and the drivers struggled to retain control on an incredibly slippery track. "Everyone was trying to go a little bit quicker than they were able to," said Andrew, who ran in the top five in the early laps before taking a secure sixth overall and another Independents' victory."I didn't really have the pace in the damp to go with the factory cars," he said. "The track was so slippery. Then with a good gap to Adam Jones, I was just keeping a consistent pace and watching where he was. It would have been pointless chasing the factory cars and risking going off when I knew I didn’t have the pace in those conditions."Mike's run in the second race came to an early halt when the coil pack failed, forcing him into the pits. However, he added ninth place in the third and final race to conclude a fair day. "It's been a bit up and down today," said Mike. But once again, Andrew was right at the head of the action as more rain made conditions really tricky. He ran as high as second place before being caught out and spinning at McLeans. He continued, but later retired with a throttle problem.Nevertheless, Andrew had been the star of the day and confirmed his place as one of the brightest new talents in the BTCC. "I had a mega day to get two Independents' wins," he said. "After the problems at Rockingham, we all needed that. We were due a good result and today we got two great results!"