Jordan joy in Goodwood shootout
A number of tin-top drivers took to the famous Goodwood Hill at the weekend (24-26 June), with Andrew Jordan winning the Festival of Speed’s BTCC shootout.
Sam Tordoff led the way on Friday morning in his Team JCT600 with GardX BMW, as the Yorkshireman signalled his intentions on topping the bill.
“The event is part of BMW’s centenary celebrations so I really want to win it,” he said.
Jordan began to take control as the weekend progressed, however, and he was more than three seconds faster than his nearest BTCC rival in wet conditions.
The surface began to dry ahead of Sunday’s main Shootout run, as Matt Neal looked to have gambled successfully with a switch to dry tyres.
His time of 56.30s edged out the young trio of Tordoff, Josh Cook’s MG and Adam Morgan’s Mercedes, with the likes of Jason Plato’s Subaru and Kelvin Fletcher’s Chevrolet well out of contention.
It wasn’t enough to stop Jordan’s Pirtek Racing Ford, however, as the Motorbase Performance man blasted his Focus up the hill in just 55.50s to take the honours.
“Everyone said it was just a bit of fun, but of course you want to win it once you’re there,” he said. “The first few runs were just about scrubbing tyres but then we went three seconds quicker than the rest on wets.
“The only concern was the tyre choice for the Shootout. Matt chose slicks and we stuck with wets – I was pleased with the outcome.
“It’s a great event and fun to drive; the tyre temperatures are so low and you go into it a little blind. I’ve always liked driving on feel though rather than by numbers, so it’s enjoyable. Of course the weekend was about having fun but it’s still great to win for the team and all our sponsors.”