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Former BTCC champ Jordan makes MG debut at Brands Hatch

Thursday, February 12 2015

Former Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan got down to business with new team MG at Brands Hatch today, as he prepares for the new season which starts at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April.

Andrew has switched from the family Eurotech team, replacing Jason Plato at reigning Manufacturers' Champion MG. He's also the first driver to switch from one front-running front-wheel-drive NGTC car to another.

Jordan said: "First impressions are that the general feeling's pretty similar to be honest. It is all the same running gear, so there aren't too many differences in terms of fundamentals. The biggest thing on this is the engine, which is a [Swindon-built] TOCA engine as opposed to the [Neil Brown-prepared] Honda engine, so that feels a lot more different. If anything this is probably a bit more challenging to drive with how it comes on boost. You have to have a lot more throttle sensitivity, which is good for me, because when I ran the Swindon engine [in the Eurotech Vauxhall Vectra] in 2010 it taught me a lot about that and I've still got an understanding of how it works. Everything feels fine, I'm working well with the team, so I'm looking forward to getting some proper driving done."

Andrew previously raced with the Triple 8 operation, which runs the MG cars, when it was the works Vauxhall team in 2009. "There are lots of different faces, but the same fundamental people," he said. "I know Ian [Harrison, team boss] very well and I've brought along a couple of guys from Eurotech, but it's actually quite good with a lot of new faces, as you have to go out of your way to get to know people and interact with them, and get a trusting respect."

Replacing the forthright Plato gives Andrew big shoes to fill, but he is confident with his own style: "If you look back to 2013 when we won the championship, I kept my gob shut and got on with the job and that's the same sort of mentality and approach that I'll be putting into it. I think the team will be the same, and I'm not going to come here and say that I want this and this. There's different ways to go about getting what you want. I've never worked with Jason so I don't know what he's like to work with, and I'm not worrying whose shoes I'm filling, I'll just come in and do it my way. That won the championship before, so I'll stick to that approach."

Both Andrew and predecessor Jason have been the pacesetters on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for the last two years, and the 2013 champion feels that the combination of himself and the MG will be tough to beat in April: "I've been on pole the last two years at the season opener, and that comes down to doing a lot of testing but also preparation through the winter. This year will be a bit different in a new car, but we know it's quick round here, so I see no reason why we can't be challenging for pole at the opening round. Round here it's always tight and there's always traffic, but all being fair for everyone I don't see why we couldn't challenge for pole at round one. That's my aim because it would make a cracking statement."

Tickets for the opening round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Championship at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April are available from £26 with free entry for children aged under 13. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.