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BTCC Champ Andrew Jordan: "Pole and a win would be ideal"

Friday, March 28 2014

Andrew Jordan starts the defence of his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title this weekend at Brands Hatch (29/30 March). He heads a 31-car grid that features seven champions in total.

After claiming his maiden crown at Brands Hatch last year, Andrew has been busy preparing for the new season and fully focussed on the task ahead, is not letting on about his prospects. "I don't know where the others are, I know what we're doing," is his summary. "We're happy where our car is at."

Even at the recent Brands Hatch group test he was interested only in his performance, the team frequently dropping the shutters on the garage as they ran through their programme. "It's not really that important," he remarked on the significance of training alongside his rivals. "We've been to a lot of the tests that Honda are at, but we've got our data from last year so we can see where we are with them, so it's not a big thing if the other people are here or not."

If there is any interest from the Pirtek team in the progress of the works Honda team's new Tourer then Andrew isn't about to admit to it: "We talk to them because we get on with them, so we know where we are and where they are, but we concentrate on our own thing more."

The champion is keeping an eye on the other Civic in his garage, however. BTCC returnee Martin Depper replaces Jeff Smith in the Pirtek team. "He's done a really good job," Andrew says. "He's going to surprise a few people, which will be good, I'm looking forward to that."

Andrew will need all the help he can get, with a very high standard of competition, and some very strong line-ups along the pitlane. But he's not concerned about the rest: "Not really, they'll do their thing, I'll do my thing and that's the end of it, one of us will be champion."

As for round one, he's only giving one thing away: "Pole and a win would be ideal but it's a long season, so we need to be consistent and quick, which is our plan."

Tickets for the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 29/30 March are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £32 on Sunday, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.