Troubled day for Team Eurotech in BTCC
After two fantastic weekends, Mike Jordan and Team Eurotech suffered the lows of motorsport with three non-finishes in the latest rounds of the 2006 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton on Sunday (4 June).
Despite a mighty effort by everyone in the team, major gearbox problems dogged the John Guest and Pirtek supported Honda Integra throughout race day and the car was denied a finish.
Qualifying on Saturday did not go particularly well, with Jordan qualifying tenth as he struggled with an apparent lack of speed. Careful investigation after qualifying identified a small problem with the engine air intake system, that had been costing around 8mph in straight line speed, so Mike went into Sunday confident of making up ground.
However, the first signs of gear selection problems developed when the car was being warmed-up ahead of the opening race on Sunday morning. Mike went out on the parade lap for the race, but quickly returned to the pits when the problems continued. The team worked flat out to resolve the problem for the second race and Mike started from the tail of the grid. Although he managed eight laps, the car was still jumping out of gear and sometimes changed gear for no apparent reason.
"The pace was really good in those few laps and I was able to go after the works cars," said Jordan. But with the problem getting worse, he was forced into the pits to retire.
After another stint of checking and re-checking, and input from the gearbox manufacturer, Mike went out on the parade lap for the third race. But still the problem was there and even more significantly, the 'box suddenly changed down without warning, meaning that the engine briefly pulled very high revs. "It was putting horrendous revs on the engine and if I'd carried on it could have seriously damaged the engine," explained Mike at the end of a trying day.
However, it was clear that the pace was there on Sunday for some good results and the team will now work to resolve the problems during the six-week break before the next races at Croft (North Yorkshire) on 15/16 July.