Jordan bags another BTCC podium
Mike Jordan claimed another podium finish in round seven of the 2006 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park on Sunday (14 May).
In front of a massive crowd at the Cheshire track, Jordan swept to a fantastic second place finish in the opening race of the afternoon. The John Guest and Pirtek supported Honda Integra finished close behind the Team Halfords Honda of Gordon Shedden to earn Mike's second podium visit of the season.
Starting sixth on the grid, Jordan was soon moving up the order and grabbed third place from James Kaye on the third lap with a bold move under braking for Island Hairpin. Although he was able to match the pace of Shedden, the gap stayed fairly constant as the works SEATs and Vauxhalls were left to battle for the minor placings.
"I didn't quite have the pace to challenge Gordon," accepted Jordan on the podium. "I'd got a bit of understeer creeping in so we'll try and find a bit more pace for the second race. It's just fantastic being up there on the podium again, but it won't always be like that so we'll enjoy it while we can!"
In the second race of the day, Mike slotted into fifth place in the opening laps, but an off-track moment during some frenetic battling cost him a lot of time and he finally took the flag in 12th place.
That left him 12th on the grid for the third and final race of a very busy afternoon, but Mike was soon through to tenth and chasing after the top nine cars. His progress was aided when the safety car was deployed while Shedden's car was moved from a gravel trap and that meant Jordan was right with the leading pack when racing resumed.
He immediately challenged the works Vauxhall of Gavin Smith, but then gained a place when Matt Neal lost time. Next, Mike was able to battle ahead of the works Vauxhall of Italian superstar Fabrizio Giovanardi to make sure of seventh place at the flag.
"After the win at Mondello I really wanted to get another podium, but I didn't think it would come this soon," said Jordan. The Oulton Park results put him seventh in the overall drivers' championship table after nine of 30 races.