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BTCC star Andrew Jordan: "I love Oulton Park"

Tuesday, June 04 2013

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship pacesetter Andrew Jordan travels to Oulton Park this weekend (8/9 June) just 13 points shy of the title lead and has a very good chance of heading the table by Sunday evening.

The 24-year-old could well have been at the top of the championship already had he not suffered a puncture whilst leading race one at Thruxton from pole position - his second of the three rounds so far. Indeed the thought isn't far from Andrew's mind. "I'm happy with the potential we've been showing," he said. "We should be leading the championship I think really with how Thruxton went but that's the way it goes. Our pace has been fantastic with ballast on compared with the other cars, and I think we've been the ones to beat, so we've had a bit of bad luck but that will even itself out through the season."

Nevertheless the Thruxton experience is a tough one to forget: "I'm still disappointed as I really believe we could have gone on to win the second race as well, because we'd have only gained nine kilos of ballast, which I don't think would have made a huge difference. But the potential's there, which is the main thing and although it's frustrating, it's important to get on with the next one and we know we can win from the front."

Andrew has been getting used to being in the thick of the title battle from previous seasons but he's stepped up his performances, which have previously focussed on consistency rather than outright wins. "I'm still very inexperienced compared to Matt, Jason and Gordon," he admitted. "But each year I've got better, so it's something I've looked to keep doing. We had good potential last year but didn't do as well as I wanted to, although we won the Independents' championship, so it was important to look up what I could do differently and better with the team, and it's just clicked at the minute.

"But equally the momentum could stop as quickly as it starts, so it's important to carry on being positive and building on things that we can better this year. The car's handling fantastically and I'm driving it better than before. I've been having a lot of fun this season and I'm looking forward to Oulton Park as we were very strong there last year."

Andrew expects the form to carry into this weekend, despite the nature of the track. "I think we'll be very strong if I'm honest," he predicted. "Obviously weight's a big issue around Oulton Park as there are a lot of stop-starts and hills, but having been through the previous few meetings with ballast on, I look forward to the challenge of seeing how high I can qualify with that success ballast on and it's worked so far. I've not qualified outside the top three yet, so it'll be nice to keep that going.

"I love Oulton Park, it's very fast up through the trees, through Druids, Knickerbrook's always good for overtaking on the way in through there. It's a good old-school circuit."

Tickets for Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park on 8/9 June are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.