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Former BTCC champ Jordan confident of MG gains at Oulton

Monday, June 01 2015

Former Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan heads to Oulton Park this weekend (6/7 June) with the aim of scoring his first win for MG after switching teams for this season.

Despite the lack of wins, Andrew is just 15 points away from the title lead, currently held by Honda's Gordon Shedden. "The start of the year has been a tough one as we haven't had the pace we wanted or were expecting due to a few different things," he admitted. "That said I think I have done a good job with being consistent and scoring points when I can, that meaning we are still very much in the title hunt."

The closest Andrew has come to standing on the top step of the podium was at Donington, where a nudge from Matt Neal forced him to run wide and relinquish the race lead. It's a loss that he doesn't wish to dwell on: "Apart from race three at Donington we haven't been in a position to challenge for a win on pace, but it's important not to focus too much on that, we will keep working head and keep our heads down and we will win when the opportunity is there."

If there is a silver lining to Andrew's situation, then he's sure that it has come from the adjustments to success ballast, tyre use and qualifying: "I think the rule changes have had more of a effect that anyone expected, it's really meaning that consistency is more important than ever, which is quite good for us at the minute as we have done a good job of scoring points pretty well over all three races of the day."

The consistency extends to Andrew's team-mate Jack Goff, and his form has come as no surprise to Andrew: "I knew Jack would be very quick and it's good for us both to have some good data to work within the team."

Looking ahead to this weekend, Andrew will be keeping an eye on Honda, who he drove for via the Pirtek team last year: "At the minute I would say Honda are the team/drivers/car package to beat, they have done a very good job through the winter. That said I just concentrate on us finding more performance from our car and if we do that then we will be able to close the gap on pace to them."

There's a good chance of that gap closing this weekend, as Oulton Park has been a good track for MG in the past. Whilst former driver Jason Plato didn't win here last year, he's been on pole twice and the team was dominant in 2013, Andrew's title year: "Yes the MG has always been good here, but it isn't just a case of rolling out with last year's set up. Everyone moves forward, so it's important to try new things.

"I am feeling more confident that the starting position we will start with at Oulton will mean that we are more competitive from the off on Saturday morning."

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 6/7 June are available in advance from £26, with free entry for children under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.