Top 10 finishes for Jordans
Andrew and Mike Jordan both claimed top 10 finishes at Silverstone on Sunday (31 August) during rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.On a day when the weather delivered some truly testing conditions, the John Guest Racing Honda Integras had a mixed day, but a ninth place for Andrew and a tenth place for Mike were good results in front of a crowd of 27,000 fans.In warm sunshine on Saturday, Andrew qualified 10th with Mike 13th as the times were incredibly close on the short National circuit. Just a tenth of a second would have moved Andrew up to sixth on the closely matched BTCC grid.In the opening race, Andrew got a good start and ran with the leading pack in the early laps before his car started to develop some understeer. Meanwhile, Mike was battling with Gordon Shedden and they both edged ahead of Andrew before a clash at Becketts. "I was going forwards and Gordon Shedden was holding me up a bit. I went down the inside of him at Becketts and we rubbed wheels, which broke a wishbone mounting, which is rare on an Integra," said Mike after retiring. Andrew raced on to claim ninth place, but his run in race two was short-lived when a wheel bearing seized on the opening lap and he was forced to cruise into the pits and retire. Meanwhile, with the track now very slippery, Mike was coming through strongly from the back of the grid. "I had a fantastic race and got to tenth. I really enjoyed it," said Mike. "The car wasn't as good as it had been in race one, bit it was still good progress." That tenth place for Mike in race two became pole for race three once the reverse grid draw was made. "We made a couple of changes to the car for race three. Once we got the pole, we knew we'd got to be a bit radical and try and stay up there," said Mike. "If I'd been starting where Andy was on the grid, I'd probably have had a gamble on tyres and put slicks on the front. On the out lap there was only standing water on the back straight. As soon as I went out of the pits I was convinced it would be slicks by the end of the race. But it never got any drier." Andy did indeed opt for slicks on the front, but it proved the wrong call and he later made another pit stop to go back to wets and eventually finished 20th."I made a great start and I was running okay for the first few laps," said Mike. "The car was very good early on, but I think we'd got an issue on set-up because after five laps the left front tyre had gone away and I was just canon fodder after that. I had a little skip through the gravel and then I had the water temperature alarm come on, so I think a radiator had gone. That was the end of that."The BTCC season concludes at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 20/21 September for races 28, 29 and 30 of the season.