Strong BTCC season finish for Jordan and Pirtek Racing‏

Two top six finishes from a grid position of 15th was the final result for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing at Brands Hatch (12 October) during rounds 28, 29 and 30.On a day of fierce race action, some significant accidents and appalling weather for the final race of the season, Andrew raced hard to steer to the Pirtek Racing Honda Civic through the carnage and into two top six finishes after an interrupted qualifying session left him much further down the grid than expected. As track conditions steadily improved through the session Andrew knew that the last lap would be the one to count. Then, with less than three minutes to go, the session was red-flagged due to an accident and not re-started. Andrew was left with no chance to really attack for his best lap and that meant a frustrating 15th place on the grid.On race day, the drama began within seconds of the start of the first race when a multi-car shunt at Paddock Hill Bend eliminated a number of cars, including the works Hondas of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. Andrew just found a way through and was able to make progress after the safety car period to take ninth place. However, the Honda had taken a knock in the melee, which had put the rear suspension out of line. To compound the problem, a slow puncture developed over the final laps.The second race ran on a fully dry track and Andrew made superb progress to finish fifth, taking the flag almost level with the BMW of Rob Collard after a fierce contest for fourth. He then moved up a place when race winner Jason Plato was penalised over an incident with newly-crowned champion Colin Turkington.Andrew started the final race from seventh on the grid as heavy rain and rapidly failing light made track conditions incredibly difficult. It was really all about surviving as conditions deteriorated rapidly and it was hard to see anything in the spray as Andrew guided the Pirtek Honda to the flag in sixth place.Andrew’s final tally for the season was fifth place in the overall driver points with four wins and third place in the Independents’ Trophy. Pirtek Racing also clinched third place in the Independent Teams’ Trophy in one of the most competitive seasons in the half-century history of the British Touring Car Championship.


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