Rockingham next for Jordan and Pirtek Racing

Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing will move their focus to the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire over the weekend of 17/18 September in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the 30-race season will run at the Corby track, where the track layout used by the BTCC racers includes a section of the challenging high-speed banked oval circuit. Rockingham is very popular with the fans as the huge grandstands offer unrivalled views over most of the track. The last two BTCC weekends at Snetterton and Knockhill have been a real challenge for Andrew and his Pirtek Racing team mate Jeff Smith as they battle to match the speed of the latest generation of BTCC cars. Andrew is hopeful of there being a change to the technical regulations ahead of the Rockingham weekend; a minor change to the level of turbo boost allowed by the Vauxhall Vectras could make a big difference to their results. As the team’s prepare for the eighth weekend of the season, Andrew is currently sixth overall in the drivers’ championship, while he is third in the independents’ driver standings. Pirtek Racing lies third in the independents’ team championship, so there is everything to play for over the final three weekends of the BTCC season. At Knockhill, Independents’ leader Mat Jackson had a torrid weekend and that allowed Andrew to close the gap to 26 points. “Hopefully we’ll get some straight line speed back before Rockingham,” said Andrew. “I think we’ll be strong at Rockingham, but then I thought we’d be okay at Knockhill. Rockingham should suit us a little bit more, but it will be hard.” Andrew says that the Independents’ title now has to be his key focus. “After the first half of the season we were looking at the overall title points, but now we need to concentrate on the Independents and just keep trying to get points in that,” he said. After qualifying at Rockingham on Saturday at 15.00, the first of three BTCC races will be at 11.30 on Sunday, with race two at 14.00 and race three at 16.50. All three races will be broadcast live on ITV4 in a programme starting at 11.00. Qualifying will be broadcast live at itv.com and live results from the weekend will be available at tsl-timing.com