BMW has had a great run in the BTCC so far with its new 3 Series racing car. This past weekend confirmed the overall great shape of both the car and the team behind it, with Andrew Jordan claiming a double win at Croft. Team BMW driver, Colin Turkington also posted solid finishes, claiming a second place in the second race, thus strengthening his championship lead. It was Jordan who impressed the most this weekend though.
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The BMW Pirtek Racing driver claimed his first pole position since 2014 this weekend even though the qualifying rounds were troublesome. There were five red flags in total, something you don’t see every day. During the second race of the day, Jordan dominated, keeping his lead from start to finish. His BMW 330i M Sport allowed him to win two races, but he is still trailing the overall leader, Turkington, who has 143 points.
Jordan claimed eighth place in race three. Reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington also reached the podium with a second-place finish in the second race in his BMW 330i M Sport. Turkington finished fourth and sixth in the other two races. Tom Oliphant completed the three races in fifth, 18th and 23rd positions. Stephen Jelley crossed the line in 13th, twelfth and 28th positions. Overall, it was a great weekend for BMW in the BTCC, once again.
“A second double of the year!” said Jordan after the race. “West Surrey Racing and BMW; they’re the boys and girls. I knew it’d be hard and Colin (Turkington) would be strong and I went for it at the start. At the pace I was going, I knew he wouldn’t catch me. It’s easy to make mistakes and be greedy. My brother-in-law was here when I won my first race and he’s just won Le Mans as a race engineer, we’ve come a long way! When I said it after race one, I really believed the win-double was there and we’ve managed it.”