Andrew Jordan (racing driver)
24 May 1989 |
Sutton Coldfield (England)
|Related to||Mike Jordan (father)|
|British Touring Car Championship career|
|Current team||MG Pirtek Racing|
|Former teams||Eurotech Racing|
|Best finish||1st in 2013|
|British GT Championship
Renault Clio Cup UK
SEAT Cupra Championship
BTCC Independents' Trophy
Ginetta Winter Series
|2013||Autosport National Driver of the Year|
- 1 Racing career
- 2 Racing record
- 3 References
- 4 External links
He first started racing in Rallycross. In 2003 he entered the Ford Rally Academy, and he went on to win the Winter Junior Rallycross Championship. The next year, he was the BTRDA Junior Rallycross Champion, and won the title of best newcomer in the British Junior series. In 2005 he won four different titles, the Junior Rallycross, BTRDA Rallycross, Super Series junior and the Ginetta Winterseries. In 2006 he was the youngest ever driver and race winner in the British Rallycross Supercar class, in a Team Eurotech Ford Focus. The protégé of 1992 European Rallycross Champion Will Gollop made it to runner-up in the 2007 British Rallycross Championship, with three wins.
Renault Clio Cup
After driving some races in the 2006 SEAT Cupra Championship, he raced in the 2007 Renault Clio Cup, which supports the British Touring Car Championship. Driving for his father's team, he finished twelfth in the championship with a best result of second, coming in the opening round at Brands Hatch.
British Touring Car Championship
Eurotech Racing (2008)
In 2008, it was announced that he would join his father Mike Jordan (himself an experienced touring car and sportscar driver) as part of a two car Team Eurotech in the British Touring Car Championship. This was the first time a father and son would drive together in series history and both drove ex-Team Dynamics Honda Integras. The teenager's first season was a successful one, despite some reliability problems from his ageing but competitive Integra. This included two podiums, at Oulton Park and Knockhill. He finished the season in thirteenth place, one place ahead of his father.
VX Racing (2009)
For 2009 it was announced that he would continue in the BTCC in a Vauxhall Vectra for the works Vauxhall team alongside Fabrizio Giovanardi and Matt Neal. Jordan scored his first pole position at the third round of the season at Donington Park, becoming the youngest driver to do so in BTCC history. He held this record until Alex MacDowall took pole position at Snetterton the following season. Having achieved a best result of second on three occasions, he finished the season 10th in the Drivers Standings behind his teammates. Vauxhall withdrew from the BTCC as a works team at the end of the season.
Pirtek Racing (2010–2014)
In 2010, Jordan rejoined his family-run team now under the Pirtek Racing banner, running a Vectra with a turbo engine prepared by TOCA to the NGTC regulations which would power all the cars from 2011 onwards. He scored his first series win in the third race of round five at Croft, having started from pole due to the reverse grid system. At Snetterton, Jordan was hampered by an engine failure which prevented him from starting the final race of the weekend. He took a second win in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch, again a reversed grid race.
In 2011 Pirtek Racing expanded to two cars to run Jordan and Jeff Smith Jordan only scored points in one race at Brands Hatch but he followed this with a string of five consecutive podiums, including a race win at Donington Park. Results were average for the rest of the season apart from two further podiums. He finished 6th in the Drivers Championship and 3rd in the Independents' Trophy.
In 2012 Pirtek Racing ran two Team Dynamics prepared NGTC Honda Civics. Jordan took pole position for the third round of the championship at Thruxton but retired at the start of the first race having spun out at the first corner in the wet conditions.
Jordan stayed with the team in 2013. He took pole position for the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch after deteriorating track conditions due to a snow shower prevented drivers from improving their times. He finished second in the first race behind Jason Plato having collided with the MG driver at the final corner while attempting to take the lead of the race. Jordan won the 2013 BTCC at the final round at Brands Hatch GP circuit on 13 October 2013.
In what turned out to be his final season for Pirtek Racing, Jordan won 4 races, including the first 2 races of the season at Brands Hatch, getting 2 pole positions and 4 fastest race laps on the way. He also set the fastest ever BTCC lap around Thruxton in qualifying, finishing the lap in 1 minute 16.192 seconds, averaging 111.31 mph. He finished 5th in the championship with 310 points, only 6 less than 4th-placed Mat Jackson. His championship challenge was effectively ended after a desperately poor weekend at Snetterton, finishing 16th and 15th, and not even starting the 3rd race of the weekend. His poor run briefly continued at Knockhill, where he retired from the first race, but recovered to finish 11th and 5th in the other 2 races of the weekend. He also finished 3rd in the Independent's Trophy, 88 points behind winner Colin Turkington, and 10th in the Jack Sears Trophy, 40 points off eventual winner Dave Newsham.
In 2014, he also briefly entered into the FIA World Rallycross Championship, competing in the British round of the series.
Triple Eight Racing (2015–)
Jordan left Eurotech after the 2014 season to join the works MG team, run by Triple Eight Racing, maintaining his Pirtek sponsorship. He had previously driven for the team in 2009 when they ran the Vauxhall BTCC factory programme.
In 2011, Jordan contested a one off race meeting for Team-LNT in the opening round of the British GT Championship season at Oulton Park, driving a Ginetta G55 GT3. He finished 15th in class in the first race and retired from the second race.
Complete British Touring Car Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)
* Season in progress.
Complete British GT Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap in class)
|2011||Century Motorsport||Ginetta G55||GT3||OUL
Complete World Rallycross Championship results
|2014||Ford Olsbergs MSE||Ford Fiesta ST||POR
|2015||Team Peugeot-Hansen||Peugeot 208 RX||POR||HOC||BEL||GBR
* Season in progress.
- Ridge, Hal (25 May 2014). "Bakkerud wins, Jordan takes podium". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Andrew Jordan joins Vauxhall factory team, TouringCarTimes.
- O'Leary, Jamie (2 December 2009). "Jordan rejoins family team for 2010". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- "Jordan praises Pirtek after 'amazing' breakthrough". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 23 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- "Double score and disappointment for Jordan". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 12 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- Jeff Smith joins Eurotech in a Vauxhall Vectra, TouringCarTimes.
- Pirtek Racing to run two NGTC Hondas in 2012, TouringCarTimes.
- "Smith joins Jordan at Pirtek". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 18 February 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Gallagher, Ian (30 March 2013). "Andrew Jordan takes pole at snow-hit Brands Hatch". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Jason Plato wins thriller". British Touring Car Championship. TOCA. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Mitchell, Sean (7 January 2015). "Andrew Jordan replaces Jason Plato in works MG for 2015 BTCC". autosport.com. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- Andrew Jordan to make British GT debut, British GT Championship.
- Official website Pirtek
- Official website Eurotechracing
- Andrew Jordan career summary at DriverDB.com
- Profile at BTCCPages.com
|British Touring Car Championship
|Awards and achievements|
National Driver of the Year