Team/Driver news News : Pirtek Racing take victory in season finale
Pirtek Racing take victory in season finale
Mon 11th October 2010 The final round of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship took place this weekend at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, where the Pirtek team took home victory in the final race of the day. Leading from pole position, the team’s driver Andrew Jordan withstood pressure throughout the race to take a close but commanding victory.
In what was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Pirtek team, Saturday afternoon saw problems during the qualifying session with the TOCA turbo engine being down on power. After qualifying an uncharacteristic 11th on the grid, the team opted to do an overnight engine change in a bid to improve their fortunes for the following day.
After working on the engine into the early hours of the morning the team was optimistic heading into Sunday morning’s first race. Starting from 11th, Jordan made a quick getaway from the line and moved up into 10th into the first corner. Following the AON Ford of Tom Chilton, Jordan was chased and passed by Rob Collard before being promoted up to ninth after the retirement of Tom Onslow-Cole. For the remainder of the race Jordan chased the pack but with six laps remaining Jordan had to nurse home the Pirtek car due to an issue with the alternator.
Starting ninth in race two, Jordan clashed with Chilton and James Nash as he moved up through the inside of the pair off the line. The Pirtek car was sandwiched into the first corner and with plenty of paint scratching Jordan moved ahead of Nash. The Pirtek team then held position for the remainder of the race and crossed the line in seventh.
The final race of the season awarded the Pirtek team pole position after the reverse grid draw placed the red blue and yellow car ahead of the rest of the field. Into the first corner Jordan pulled out an advantage after another lightning start to the race which he went on to lead from lights to flag. With two safety car intervals in the race, Jordan was able to pull away from the chasing BMW of Steven Kane by making impressive restarts, but the advantage was chipped away by Kane whose BMW looks after its tyres better towards the latter part of the race. After 27 laps of tough racing Jordan crossed the line to take an impressive second victory in the BTCC this season.
Jordan commented, “I’m so surprised that we have come away from the final race with another win. We have been struggling with the car this weekend and going into the last race I wasn’t confident we had the pace to keep Kane behind us - but we were still aiming for a podium.
“The car was better in the final race than in the previous two. We had been scratching our heads earlier in the day working out which way to head on set up - we made some unusual changes because Brands Hatch is a unique circuit - the short and twisty nature hurts our tyres more because we carry the extra weight of the Turbo engine over the front wheels. In contrast, the BMW’s look after their tyres, so I’m just thrilled we could keep them behind and win the race.
“To end the season this way is fantastic. We have had a mixed year but when the chips are down the Pirtek team just work even harder and we are lucky to have such a dedicated team behind us. We have had fantastic support from Pirtek and CBT and without them we wouldn’t be here so I thank them for their backing this year. Fingers crossed we’ll be back in 2011 to mount a challenge on the Independent Championship and fight for more wins.”
The Pirtek Racing team finished the season in 7th in the Independent Drivers Championship and 6th in the Independent Team’s Championship, 10th in the Overall Drivers Standings and 8th in the Overall Teams standings.