BTCC: Team Eurotech Rockingham notes

Fourth and fifth places for Team Eurotech Mike Jordan had another tremendous weekend in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for Team Eurotech when he took a fourth and a fifth place at Snetterton on Sunday (13 August). "Next to ...

Fourth and fifth places for Team Eurotech

Mike Jordan had another tremendous weekend in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for Team Eurotech when he took a fourth and a fifth place at Snetterton on Sunday (13 August).

"Next to winning at Mondello Park, that's been our best day of the year so far," said Mike after the John Guest and Pirtek supported Honda Integra ran right in amongst the works cars.

Qualifying at the high-speed track in East Anglia ran in tricky conditions as, although the track was dry, there was rain in the air and the threat of more rain was ever present.

After a good run in the first untimed practice session of the day, Jordan battled hard for a top ten time and ended the half-hour session with ninth fastest time. He exactly matched the best lap of eighth fastest Tom Chilton (works Vauxhall Astra), but as Chilton did the time first, Jordan was left ninth.

So competitive were the times at Snetterton that a tenth of a second faster would have put Mike sixth and two-tenths would have put him third. His best lap of 1m12.359s was only half a second away from the pole position time of Jason Plato.

In the first race, run on a damp but drying track, Jordan ran eighth on the first lap but was soon moving up the order and challenging championship leader Matt Neal. Into Russell for the fourth time, they both went to the limit under braking in a dramatic moment.

"I tried to brake late and locked up," said Jordan. "I didn't want to hit Matt, so I took to the grass, looked across and he was also on the grass! We both screwed up. But I had good pace in that first race." Despite that drama, he finished fifth and was right on the tail of Gavin Smith at the flag. After the first race, the team worked flat out on the car. Not only did they change a broken exhaust, they also changed the diff and rebuilt the gearbox before the second race.

The second race had an early safety car period and Mike was sitting in seventh place as the field headed for the restart. "Just before the restart, a piece of bodywork in the track was flicked up the car in front of me as we came through the Russell chicane. I had to brake and jink to the right to miss it, and that cost me a lot of speed out onto the pit straight for the restart." Nevertheless, Mike was able to battle back into contention and worked through to fourth place.

The third and final race of the day should have produced another top six finish as Mike battled with Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato. But a mid-race puncture forced him into the pits, and he was 12th at the flag after setting fourth fastest race lap. "It was like a war zone down the back straight and I must have run over some debris. But it has been a brilliant day and we've been right on the pace all day."

-credit: te

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