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BTCC champion Jordan gets back to business at Brands Hatch

Tuesday, February 04 2014

Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan returned to the scene of his title triumph at Brands Hatch today (Tuesday), as he commenced a two-day test ahead of the 2014 season.

"It's a bit more relaxed today," the 24-year-old joked. "It was tense last time we were here, but this time we've got a plan we're working through. I'm looking forward to it and we're excited. The car's very good and it's been very good for the last couple of years, so we're just trying to hone certain areas and just trim little bits here and there that we think we can. Likewise with my driving, so we can improve the whole package."

Although four months have passed since he was crowned on the Grand Prix circuit, Andrew admits that there hasn't been much time for celebration: "It's been a busy winter. I had a week's holiday after and then it was straight back to it really, so I'm hungry to do it again. I've been doing lots of training, trying to improve myself for this year. It looks to be very competitive this year, that's why I've been working hard to make sure we've done all we can."

With at least six champions expected to be on the grid, he's clearly under no illusions: "It's going to be competitive, but it doesn't really make a difference to our approach. The number of champions doesn't make a difference to us - we want to win and beat whoever is there. If we're able to go up against all of those guys, then we've done a good job.

"It's great for the championship to have Alain Menu back, the championship's got a real buzz about it and I'm really proud to be part of it. To have someone like him coming back to join the championship just shows where it's at right now and I'm looking forward to it."

Andrew also warned his fellow champions that this season will be no lap of honour for him: "I've still got the hunger to win it. I'm equally as obsessed with winning it as I was at the start of last year, so my approach won't change, it will be to win races, be consistent and see where that puts us towards the end."

Whilst his Pirtek team are continuing with the same Civic, the works Honda outfit switches to the estate-style Tourer model. "I don't think it will be much different, Andrew opines. "It's the same base, they've got a little bit more overhang over the rear wheels, but I really don't think it will be much different. They might suit certain circuits, and we need to keep an eye on them. If you think that because it's a new car and they might struggle, it's pretty much exactly the same, just a little bit different on the bodywork side of it, so they'll be there."

One change at Pirtek Racing, however, is in the other Civic. Martin Depper replaces Jeff Smith for a second crack at the BTCC and after a morning running together, Andrew's looking forward to working with him: "He's a nice guy and enjoys his racing, and he's going really well, so I think he'll surprise a few people this year. He's there to enjoy his racing and we'll make sure he can do a good job and I'll give him as much help as I can."

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