Jordan closes on BTCC lead at Snetterton

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Jordan closes on BTCC lead at Snetterton

Andrew Jordan closed in on the lead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the series celebrated its 60th anniversary at Snetterton.

The BMW Pirtek Racing driver began the weekend 42 points away from the top of the Drivers’ points table, but ended it just 32 behind after scoring in all three races at the Norfolk circuit.

The 2013 series champion finished fourth in the 20-lap ‘Diamond Double’, which ran to twice the normal distance and awarded double championship points; revelling in the low-grip conditions brought on my rain mid-race due to his WSR-run BMW 125i M Sport’s set-up.

Not only did that place him sixth in the Drivers’ title race, it also secured the Manufacturers’ Trophy for BMW.

Andrew, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, had earlier finished ninth on a damp, but drying, circuit in Race Two, and began the day with 11th in an opener that was held in heavy rain.

He is sixth in the Drivers’ points table with BMW Pirtek Racing seventh in the Teams’ standings.

Andrew Jordan said: “The big positive from today is that I’ve closed in on the lead of the championship, which is all I can hope for on a day as tough as today when the weather conditions were constantly changing. Finding the right set-up for the conditions was always going to be tough and so we chose to compromise to cover our bases. We got more towards the sweet spot as the day went on and the BMW was singing in Race Three when the rain came; if it had got a little wetter at that stage, I really think a win was possible, but instead it dried out and I focused on banking the points for fourth. I’ll lose 15kg success ballast for Rockingham, which should help us to be strong from the get-go there.”

Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “Andrew’s taken three good points finishes today and has helped BMW to take the Manufacturers’ Trophy for the ‘Diamond Double’, and to keep the lead of the Manufacturers’ Championship. With the weather changing constantly, we were kept on our toes trying to make sure we had a set-up that would work in all conditions and you can see as his results got better during the day that we improved this as we went on. Here is one of the circuits where weight affects you the most, so to lose a bit for Rockingham – a similar track – is very important.