Eurotech Racing

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Eurotech Racing
Motor racing team
Founded 1987
Country  United Kingdom
Team Principal(s) Mike Jordan
Current series BTCC
Former series British GT
Drivers Andrew Jordan
Jeff Smith
Drivers' titles 2012 Ind. BTCC (Jordan)
2013 BTCC (Jordan)
2013 Ind. BTCC (Jordan)
Teams' titles 2012 Ind. BTCC
2013 Ind. BTCC

Eurotech Racing is a British motor racing team based in Tamworth, Staffordshire and founded by Mike Jordan. The team races under the Pirtek Racing banner in the British Touring Car Championship.

The team won both the BTCC independent teams trophy and the independent drivers' championship with Andrew Jordan in 2012.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Honda Integra (2006–2008)[edit]

Team Eurotech entered the BTCC in 2006 with Mike Jordan driving a Honda Integra.[1] He made history by becoming the oldest BTCC race winner in 2006 at the age of 48 when he won the third race of the day at Mondello Park. The penultimate race of the season at Silverstone saw Jordan crash with SEAT Sport UK drivers Jason Plato and James Thompson.[2] He was then airlifted to the University Hospital Coventry with severe head injuries and a punctured lung.[3] Jordan finished the season tenth in the drivers' championship with two podiums an addition to his win while the team was fifth in the teams championship.

Mike Jordan recovered over the winter and he returned as the team's driver for 2007. With the championship moving to Super 2000 technical regulations, the Honda Integra would no longer be eligible for the overall drivers' championship.[4] The team took four podium finishes on the way to sixth in the teams' championship, one position down on the best placed single car entry of Jackson Msport.

For 2008 the team expanded to two cars to run Mike Jordan and his son Andrew in a pair of Honda Integras.[5] Andrew got his first podium result in the third race at Oulton Park by finishing third, he did the same at the next round at Knockhill three weeks later. He finished one place ahead of his father in the championship in thirteenth place while the team ended the season eighth in the teams' championship.

Eurotech purchased a S2000 Vauxhall Vectra for the 2009 season with support from Triple 8 Race Engineering. Andrew Jordan was to drive the car with Mike Jordan retiring from driving in the championship.[6] This later changed when Andrew joined the factory VX Racing team and Eurotech did not enter their own car for 2009.[7]

Vauxhall Vectra (2010–2011)[edit]

Under the Pirtek Racing banner, Eurotech ran a Vauxhall Vectra in the 2010 season for Andrew Jordan.[8] The car was powered by the new NGTC turbocharged engine which ran well in preseason testing.[9] Andrew Jordan took the first win for both himself and the TOCA NGTC engine at Croft Circuit, leading every lap from pole position to beat Team Aon's Tom Onslow-Cole.[10] He then took his second victory in the season finale at Brands Hatch Indy.[11] At the end of the season, the team were the teams championship and sixth in the sixth in the independent teams trophy.

In 2011, it was announced that Pirtek Racing would enter two cars for Andrew Jordan and former Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom driver, Jeff Smith.[12] Jordan took the team's only win of the season at Donington Park.

Honda Civic (2012–)[edit]

For 2012, the team switched to a pair of NGTC specification Honda Civics that were identical to the cars used by the works Honda Racing squad, while retaining the same lineup from the previous season.[13] Andrew Jordan claimed the team's first pole position at Thruxton.[14] Similarly to the previous season, the team took only one win from the thirty races, with Andrew Jordan taking the checkered flag in race two at Snetterton. However, Smith scored a breakthrough result of second place at Knockhill in the third race, after a race-long battle with defending champion Matt Neal. Andrew Jordan finished the season fourth overall and entered the final round at Brands Hatch with a mathematical chance of securing the overall Drivers' Championship. He did however win the HiQ Independents' Trophy as the highest scoring independent driver. The team ended the season third overall in the Teams' Championship and also secured the Independent Teams' Championship after a season long battle with Redstone Racing and eBay Motors.

The team stayed in the BTCC in 2013 with Andrew Jordan to defend their independent titles.[15] The team later confirmed that Smith would also remain at the team alongside Jordan.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meissner, Johan (29 March 2006). "BTCC 2006 entry list released". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Titles for Neal, SEAT & Team Halfords at Silverstone". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 15 October 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Veltman, Rob (15 October 2006). "BTCC Statement: Mike Jordan". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Glenn (14 March 2007). "Jordan not surprised by testing pace". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Veltman, Rob (20 October 2007). "Andrew Jordan begins BTCC career". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Meissner, Johan (30 September 2008). "Jordan to drive Vauxhall Vectra in 2009". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ English, Steven (8 January 2009). "Jordan joins works Vauxhall squad". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Turbo Vectra for Jordan". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 2 December 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Strong first run for NGTC engine". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 26 February 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jordan, NGTC engine's first win". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 20 June 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Hodges, Peter (10 October 2010). "Andrew Jordan wins final race of the year". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  12. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2 December 2010). "Smith joins Eurotech for 2011". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Pirtek also going NGTC". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 21 September 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jordan grabs Thruxton pole". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 28 April 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Turner, Kevin (25 October 2012). "Andrew Jordan targets overall BTCC title in 2013". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Jeff Smith continues with Eurotech in 2013 BTCC". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). 19 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 

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