Jor­dan’s at­ti­tude is one to ap­plaud

Tour­ing car star is ready to take on the best in World Rallycross - again

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say - Matt James, Edi­tor (Twitter: @Mat­tjm­news)

There is some­thing ap­peal­ing about a mo­tor­sport ‘have-a-go’ hero, and Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship racer Andrew Jor­dan cer­tainly falls into this cat­e­gory.

He has been brought up prop­erly in the wheel­tracks of his ver­sa­tile fa­ther Mike, a for­mer Bri­tish GT cham­pion who has turned his hands to most things in the sport, in­clud­ing his­toric ral­ly­ing. Jor­dan Jr, a man brought up through the UK’S rallycross ranks, has been more than keen to try any­thing that MN has put in front of him as our track tester. Along­side his cur­rent BTCC com­mit­ments, he is of­ten seen in his­toric meet­ings too ply­ing his trade with a huge smile on his face.

But now he is com­ing back to rallycross. In­cred­i­bly, the for­mer Bri­tish Su­per­car cham­pion (2006) is the only home-grown driver to have made it onto the ros­trum in a World Rallycross Cham­pi­onship event. He took part in the round at Lydden Hill in 2014 and fin­ished third.

He has since tack­led fur­ther WRX rounds, and has found him­self a drive in this year’s Bri­tish round of the cham­pi­onship at Lydden in May. That, alone, is worth the en­try fee.

While Jor­dan is cel­e­brat­ing, reign­ing Bri­tish cham­pion Dan Rooke, still a teenager, is fac­ing a year on the side­lines with a bud­get short­fall. Many, many driv­ers – tal­ented or oth­er­wise – strug­gle for funds, but Rooke has proven him­self a sen­sa­tion so far. Our fin­gers are crossed that he can sort some­thing out ahead of the 2017 season.

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