PIRTEK Racing driver Andrew Jordan missed out on the overall BTCC title by two points to teammate Colin Turkington but stayed out of trouble and did all he could at Brands Hatch GP.
After qualifying for race one in 3rd place, Jordan was confident of a good start to the final day of the season but a safety car, and the subsequent greasy conditions because of falling rain hampered his chances of a podium finish. After the safety car restart, Jordan’s rear-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series struggled in damp conditions and he would finish 8th at the checkered flag. His title rivals Colin Turkington and Dan Cammish finished in 1st and 5th and Jordan had lost ground.
In race two Jordan made strong progress and held on with wet tyres on a slowly drying track to finish in 2nd, 5.2s behind the race-winning Ash Sutton. Jordan outscored both Turkington (25th) and Cammish (3rd) to give himself a fighting chance of winning his second BTCC title going into the final race of the day.
Starting race three on the fourth row alongside Cammish, Jordan knew that he needed to finish in the top-two and have his title rivals fall foul of some bad luck to secure the crown. The PIRTEK Racing driver raced well and would finish the race in fourth, 4.4s seconds behind race-winner, Jason Plato. Jordan was again highest of the championship trio but a fine drive from Turkington to 6th place from 25th on the grid meant that Jordan missed out on the title. He finished in 2nd, level with Dan Cammish on 318 points. Turkington finished on 320.
Reflecting on his Brands Hatch weekend, Jordan said “I don’t have many words, to be honest. There wasn’t anything more I could have done. It’s just the one that got away. I was up against it going into the weekend, but I gave it my absolute all. The weather couldn’t have made things much more difficult for us in race one – under the safety car, it was like a switch in terms of grip – but we fought back in race two.”
It was a tough end of what had been a gruelling season, and Jordan ended 2019 with six BTCC race wins, the most out of any driver.
Speaking about race three and the season as a whole, Jordan continued “I needed to make progress [in race three] and I was all guns blazing; I was coming through, as simple as that! We then came so close in race three – we certainly didn’t go down without a fight. We still come away from the season with six race wins, and I’m immensely proud of the job we’ve all done this year.”
Jordan will be hoping to return to the BTCC in 2020 but faces a tough battle to secure funding after the departure of his long-time backers PIRTEK.