Bri­tish Tour­ing Car favourite lands plum drive for 2017

Motor Sport News - - Front Page - By Matt James

An­drew Jor­dan says he is in prime po­si­tion to land another Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship ti­tle af­ter se­cur­ing a deal to race a BMW in 2017.

The 2013 ti­tle win­ner has linked up with WSR to han­dle a 125i M Sport. The car was a four-time win­ner in 2016 in the hands of cham­pi­onship run­ner up Sam Tord­off and team-mate Rob Col­lard. Jor­dan has inked a two-year con­tract.

“As soon as I walked in to WSR’S work­shops, I knew it was the team for me,” said Jor­dan. “The team has the same de­sire to win as I do, so this will be a per­fect fit.”

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship racer An­drew Jor­dan says he is in the best place pos­si­ble to win another ti­tle af­ter se­cur­ing a deal to join WSR in 2017.

The 2013 ti­tle win­ner has claimed a seat with the mul­ti­ple cham­pion team to han­dle one of its BMW 125i M Sport ma­chines next sea­son and he be­lieves that it will be the spring­board he needs.

“I have been in the hunt for a num­ber of ti­tles over the years, but this takes things to a whole new level,” said Jor­dan, 27. “If you look up and down the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship grid, then you have to say that the two big teams are the fac­tory Honda squad, Team Dy­nam­ics, and WSR. This is one of the plum drives and the ti­tle has to be the ultimate tar­get.”

Jor­dan has an in­ten­sive test pro­gramme planned with the Mid­dle­sex-based out­fit, and will be­gin his fa­mil­iari­sa­tion with the crew at Brands Hatch next week.

Im­pres­sive set-up

Jor­dan drove for the Mo­tor­base Per­for­mance team in 2016 and won two races. He also claimed the In­de­pen­dents Tro­phy, fin­ish­ing eighth in the over­all stand­ings. The Pirtek-backed driver an­nounced his split with Mo­tor­base three weeks ago, but Jor­dan said that as soon as an op­tion to join WSR be­came avail­able, he jumped at it. “When I went to visit the fac­tory, I was sim­ply blown away by the set-up and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to win that ex­ists within the team. It im­me­di­ately blew any other team out of the wa­ter,” said Jor­dan. “I looked at the plans WSR has for up­grades for next sea­son and sat and chat­ted to team boss Dick Ben­netts ( be­low left).left “There is such a will to win from him, and that is some­thing I share as well, so we hit it off im­me­di­ately. “WSR has a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing me­thod­i­cal and dili­gent, and that is the way I like to go rac­ing too. There are lots of com­mon goals shared be­tween us.”

Rear-drive fu­ture

All of Jor­dan’s nine years in the BTCC have been spent in fron­twheel-drive cars, and the BMW will break that trend. The 16-time race win­ner thinks he will have no prob­lem read­just­ing his driv­ing style, but thinks there will be a learn­ing process to go through.

“I have driven all sorts of cars, from his­toric stuff to ral­ly­cross, so I am quite used to jump­ing in and out of cars,” he ex­plained. “I should be able to get to grips with the car quite quickly and we have lots of test­ing planned to pre­pare for the sea­son. I am not too con­cerned about get­ting pace, but the thing that might take a while to learn is the nu­ances of the race­craft. That is some­thing I will only be able to pick up over the course of the sea­son.

“But I have al­ways said that I love learn­ing and I never stop. As well as that fit­ting with the team’s ethos of try­ing to push ev­ery as­pect to win, that push will come from me too to learn how to get the most from the car. Some as­pects of this will be back to school for me, but this re­ally is an ex­cit­ing prospect.”

Long term deal

Jor­dan has driven for three dif­fer­ent teams in the last three sea­sons, but he says the deal be­tween him­self and WSR will last for at least two terms.

His backer, Pirtek, is also with him for another two sea­sons, and he says that will give him a sta­ble plat­form to push for another crown.

“I think that shows the faith I have in the team and the faith I have in the team prin­ci­pal, Dick Ben­netts,” said Jor­dan. “I need sta­bil­ity, and that is what this deal will give me.”

Ben­netts said that the team, which ran Sam Tord­off to sec­ond in the 2016 cham­pi­onship, had al­ready drawn up plans to ex­tract more pace from the BMWS over the closed sea­son.

“An­drew is one of the fastest and most suc­cess­ful driv­ers in the BTCC and cru­cially knows how to win a cham­pi­onship,” said Ben­netts. “Be­ing able to an­nounce this in Novem­ber en­ables us to make the best pos­si­ble use of the time be­tween now and the start of the 2017 sea­son and kick off our win­ter test­ing pro­gramme.”

WSR is ex­pected to an­nounced the rest of its driver line-up be­fore the end of this month.

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