Andrew Jordan scores BTCC podium

Andrew Jordan was one of the stars of the day when he scored his first overall podium in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park on Sunday (27 July).After getting pole position in the reverse grid draw, 19-year old Andrew drove a magnificent race among the very best drivers in the championship to finish third overall and underline his status as one of the brightest young stars of the BTCC."It's definitely the biggest day of my career so far," said Andrew after scenes of jubilation in the pit lane immediately following the race. "To do it at this level and be up on that podium is amazing. I'm not normally speechless, but I am now. There's a lot of emotion in it."The John Guest cars ran strongly in qualifying, with Andrew starting tenth and Mike in 15th place on the grid. "The first race was disappointing because I got massive understeer," said Andrew, after dropping back to 13th in some typically robust BTCC battling.However, Mike was on a real charge and was battling for seventh place with Gordon Shedden when contact sent the Integra into the pit wall and then across the track and into the barrier on the other side of the track. It was a hugely disappointing end to the race and the damage to the Honda put Mike out for the rest of the day. "In the first race my car was absolutely awesome," said a frustrated Mike.Andrew ran strongly in the second race to work through to ninth, which gave him pole position for race three once the reverse grid draw was done. "I got a mega first lap and had got a gap, so I was disappointed when the safety car came out," said Andrew, after leading the field. "But I got a good re-start, which was my first ever BTCC re-start."After two more racing laps in the lead in front of live TV cameras, Andrew was edged back to second by Shedden. He then ran second for 10 laps, despite fierce pressure from Adam Jones and Mat Jackson, who had the two works Vauxhalls of Matt Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi in pursuit.Finally, on the penultimate lap, Andrew made a small error and Jones pounced. "I ran a bit wide at the hairpin and Adam got past me and then Mat Jackson was right on me for the last couple of laps."Despite the pressure, Andrew claimed a magnificent third overall to score his best BTCC result so far. "I'm just so pleased with finishing third and being on the overall podium," said Andrew after spraying the champagne. "He drove another stunningly good race," said Mike. "This is the first weekend when we've given Andy a car that hasn't had a gearbox problem all through the meeting. If the accident hadn’t happened in the first race I'm quite sure we'd have both been up there battling for podiums."The BTCC season continues at Knockhill (Fife) over the weekend of 16/17 August and both Andrew and Mike will be fighting for more visits to the podium.

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