Jordan takes podium for Team Eurotech
Mike Jordan claimed another podium finish for Team Eurotech when he took a fighting third place in round 17 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park this afternoon (Sunday 30 July).
On a day of fierce BTCC racing, Jordan's John Guest and Pirtek supported Honda Integra was right in the thick of the action and the day's second race produced his third podium visit of the season so far.
The weekend started well when Mike qualified fourth fastest, his best qualifying position of the season. "Not bad for an old bloke!" he joked. "I put an awful lot into that session. I'm over the moon to be fourth."
In the opening race, Mike slipped down the order on the opening lap, but then fought back to finish eighth. "I got squeezed onto the exit kerb at Redgate and I grabbed fourth gear a bit quick. It jumped out of gear and I lost a load of places before I could get back into the train of cars," he explained.
After that, he had to contend with a fierce defence from Rob Collard before he could battle up to eighth. "Our pace was good and I had a hell of a battle with Collard. But you've just got to be robust in that sort of situation!"
Race two was all-action and Mike's experience reaped rewards as he kept clear of the dramas and battled ahead of works Vauxhall driver Fabrizio Giovanardi to finish a fabulous third overall.
"That was an unbelievable race! There was all this disaster ahead of me, and we just sailed serenely through. It was pretty frantic, but I really enjoyed it. I could see all of these things about to happen and just let them get on with it!"
With two safety car periods for early incidents, Mike was in fourth when racing resumed, but was soon hunting down Giovanardi in pursuit of third place and a podium finish. With a better exit from Coppice with three laps to run, Mike drew level with the Vauxhall on the main straight and then boldly outbraked the Italian superstar into the Esses. Giovanardi tried to defend, but the Honda had got the place and Mike was then able to edge clear and make certain of third despite having the car's rear bumper trailing after earlier contact from the Alfa Romeo of Eoin Murray.
The third and final race was interrupted by a red flag and a safety car period. After that, Mike was running ninth as rain started to fall and he slid off into the gravel trap at the Old Hairpin when working up the order. "It was going really well and Dave was just on the radio warning me that people were sliding off everywhere as I hit the gravel!"