Jordan takes seventh for Team Eurotech
Mike Jordan and Team Eurotech finished the Croft weekend in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on a high after a fighting drive to seventh place in the third and final race of the meeting (15/16 July).
It was a challenging weekend for the John Guest and Pirtek supported Honda Integra and it was only in the third race that Jordan was able to show his true pace and put in a typically fighting drive to get right up among the works cars and finish seventh.
Qualifying on Saturday at the North Yorkshire track went well, with Mike claiming eighth place on the grid, just a third of a second away from the pole position time. "The car was awesome and I really think we could have gone even quicker," said Jordan.
However, the opening seconds of the first race on Sunday led to problems that would cost Jordan any chance of a good result in both the first and second races. As the pack stormed into the opening corner Jordan's Honda was hit by the Vauxhall Astra of Gavin Smith. "He squeezed me over the kerb and that cost a lot of momentum. It broke the front wishbone and if I'd known that was broken I'd have parked it up," admitted Mike.
Realising that something was badly wrong with the car's handling, Mike battled home eleventh and the team then set to work to fix the damage to the front of the car. With time so short between races, they concentrated on repairing the damage caused by Smith. "We managed to get the front of the car reasonable, but it wasn't quite right." Said Mike. In the second race, he still struggled with the handling of the car and could only take tenth place after diving ahead of Eion Murray's Alfa Romeo at Sunny Corner.
With time to work on the car once more after the second race, the team discovered that a rear anti-roll bar was sheared. "That could have been from the impact from Smith in the opening race, but we had to concentrate on fixing the front of the car before the second race," said Jordan.
However, with the roll-bar replaced, the car was transformed for the third race and from tenth on the grid Mike was soon fighting ahead of other cars. "The third race was mega and I had a car I could race with." In fact, he could well have finished higher than seventh had he not lost several places on the opening lap when hit by Fabrizio Giovanardi at the hairpin. "I was pointing at the barriers at one point. I managed to pull it back, but three or four people went by me."
Undeterred, Mike fought back from 12th place to finish seventh and passing Smith was the highlight of his race. "I went round the outside of him at the Jim Clark Esses and I was really pleased with that move!" Without the first lap delay, Mike could well have finished inside the top six, but the fighting performance ensured that the weekend finished on a high note.
Next comes Donington Park over the weekend of 29/30 July, when Jordan will be racing at one of his favourite tracks.