Ready for the Green Light
Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan has his sights set on challenging for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title after confirming a deal to join multiple champions West Surrey Racing. The 27-year-old will help spearhead WSR’s assault
race made its series debut – and also clinching the Independents title three times, including in 2016. Jordan says he is now fully focused on securing a second overall title for Pirtek Racing with the switch to WSR; a team widely regarded as one of the best in British motorsport. Founded in the early 1980s by team principal Dick Bennetts, WSR enjoyed years of success in British F3 with famous names including Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Rubens Barrichello before making the move into the BTCC; where it has gone on to run factory programmes for the likes of Ford, Honda and MG. Since 2007, the team has been synonymous with the BMW brand and has no fewer than a dozen BTCC titles to its name; including two overall drivers championships and the 2016 manufacturers’/ constructors’ crown.
“Once it became clear that I wouldn’t be staying with
on the championship title for the next two years after putting pen to paper on a deal for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Jordan will continue to do battle on track in the striking colours of long-term backers Pirtek, with the 2017 season marking the second year of the latest three-year deal between driver and sponsor. In fact, next season will mark the eighth successive campaign in which Andrew has run with title sponsorship from the UK’s number one provider of fluid transfer solutions - a partnership that is now firmly established as one of the most recognisable in Britain’s premier racing series. It is under the Pirtek Racing banner where Jordan has enjoyed his most successful years in the BTCC, taking the overall championship title in 2013 – coincidentally in the season the BMW 125i M Sport he will now
Motorbase for a second season, we considered the options that were available. After speaking to Dick Bennetts, there was no doubt in my mind that West Surrey Racing was where I wanted to be. WSR is a team that has enjoyed huge success in the past with some of the most famous names in motorsport, and my aim is to be part of the successes they still have to come,” Jordan says. “It was an incredibly easy deal to do and to have signed up for two years is fantastic not only for myself, but also for Pirtek and my other sponsors, as we know there is the continuity to build something special across the next two years. The opportunity to work closely with a brand like BMW is also extremely exciting and something I am looking forward to. It’s been clear to see in recent years how good the BMW package is and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel to start testing.”
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