Jordan to drive works MG for Triple Eight in 2015 BTCC
BTCC News | Wed 7th January 2015Andrew Jordan will drive a manufacturer-backed MG for Triple Eight in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
By Matt Lamprell
After signing a single-year deal, Jordan takes the lead position at the team, following Jason Plato's departure.
It marks a change for 25-year-old Jordan, leaving the family-run Eurotech squad, but returning to Triple Eight, for whom he raced in the BTCC in 2009.
Jordan said, "By joining Triple Eight, I can build something exciting for the future. Joining this team gives me the best chance I will have of winning the championship again – it is as simple as that. I'm certainly looking further ahead than just the end of this year. There are many options for me here, and that is what makes this such an exciting deal.
"I want to be more prepared than I have been in the past and this package will allow me to focus 100% on the job of driving. From my pre-event planning and preparation to my mental approach and fitness, I need to make sure that I am more prepared than ever in every aspect. I need to be better, because I didn't think I was as good in 2014 as I was the year before. I was doing too much."
Jordan takes with him the backing of Red Bull, as well as long-time sponsor Pirtek, who will become headline sponsor of a works backed team for the first time.
It was Plato's decision to leave the MG team that sparked the possibility of the move for Jordan, as Triple Eight Racing boss Ian Harrison explains: "It was a commercial decision from their side, not ours; but it gave us an opportunity to change things around and that’s sometimes not a bad thing.
"There aren’t many people out there who can replace a driver like that. We looked around and Andrew was the obvious choice. His age, his profile and his speed – which goes without saying – make him a pretty straightforward choice; it was a bit of a no-brainer for us. We thank Jason for his contribution over the past three seasons; we had a pretty good go at it. We wish him luck this year, and I am sure we will be firing broadsides at each other throughout the season."
Jordan's teammate at the MG team for 2015 has not yet been confirmed, but Harrison added, "We would be looking for a younger driver. With manufacturers trying to sell a big volume of small-sized cars; the guys that normally buy those are the 21-year-olds. The manufacturers need guys that they can use to do that, so a choice that supports that is the best one for us. We have options, but it is not sorted out yet."
As a manufacturer, MG continues to develop its presence in the UK market, using the BTCC as major part of its marketing activity, with marketing manager Matthew Cheyne, saying, “Defending the championship from last year and teaming up with someone like Andrew, who is obviously a great ambassador for the sport, but will also be a great ambassador for our brand, is hugely important."