Jordan scores another BTCC podium
Andrew Jordan delivered yet another outstanding performance when he finished third overall in round 24 of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill on Sunday (17 August).Jordan started from pole in his John Guest Racing Honda Integra and finished on the overall podium for the second weekend in a row during an action-packed race in front of live TV cameras and a packed crowd at the Fife circuit. It was a great day for the 19-year old, who had finished eighth and ninth in the earlier two races. Meanwhile, his father Mike battled into contention after a troubled qualifying session to twice finish just outside the top 10.In qualifying on Saturday, Andrew served notice of his pace at the challenging Scottish track by posting ninth best time, just half a second away from the pole time of the flying SEATs and ahead of local hero Gordon Shedden. Mike, however, was troubled by a brake problem and was back in 16th on the grid.Andrew ran seventh for much of the first race, but was then forced wide at the hairpin by Adam Jones and that also allowed Rob Collard to dive through. However a final finish of eighth place was a good start to the day as Mike battled through to 11th place."In the second race I got a very good start and passed Adam Jones off the start," said Andrew. "I was challenging Collard and the group in front and then halfway through the race a front roll bar broke and I dropped back from them." He still finished ninth and that was converted into pole for race three when the reverse grid draw was done."I got the worst start I've ever made and sat there with the wheels spinning," said Andrew as Darren Turner and Collard went ahead. "I had to defend pretty hard through the first corner because I had Colin Turkington and Mat Jackson alongside me. I had to be quite firm then and stand my ground, or I’d have been off into the gravel."In the early laps Gordon Shedden was right behind Andrew, but he then started battling with Matt Neal and that slowed them both down, which allowed Andrew to make certain of another overall podium. "It's a great result for everyone in the team, coming off a podium at Oulton Park," said Andrew. "I want to dedicate the podium to John Plummer who died recently. He was really into his racing and his son Johnny is my number one engineer."Mike was elated at Andrew's performance, and also pleased to work through to 11th place in the third race. "When you start back in 16th place, it makes your whole race day tough, because everyone is running the same pace. But the pace has been good and it’s been another great day for the team and our sponsors."The BTCC season continues at Silverstone over the weekend of 30/31 August for races 25, 26 and 27 of the 30-race season.