WSR and Jordan complete intensive week of testing
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champions WSR have enjoyed an excellent three days of testing this week with new signing Andrew Jordan completing over 450 miles of important winter running.
Andrew, who will race for WSR in the BTCC for the next two seasons, got behind the wheel of his BMW 125i M Sport for the first time at Brands Hatch on Tuesday and the 2013 series champion completed further running at Donington Park on Thursday and at Silverstone on Friday.
With the BMW running in an interim livery this week, Andrew – who has never raced a rear-wheel-drive touring car – gained valuable experience of the machine that guided WSR to the BTCC teams’ and constructors’ titles in 2016.
After completing 119 laps in tricky and changeable track conditions at Brands Hatch – the venue for the opening round of the 2017 BTCC – on Tuesday, WSR then chalked up a further 86 laps at Donington and 93 at Silverstone as a variety of set-up options were evaluated.
The 2013 BTCC champion driver sampled Dunlop’s new-specification tyres, which will become mandatory in next year’s series.
Andrew Jordan said: “I’m really pleased with how it’s gone this week with WSR and the BMW. From day one at Brands Hatch it felt very user-friendly and it didn’t take me very long to feel at home – despite some changeable weather. You can really feel the level of engineering that’s gone into the 125i M Sport and that’s made things much easier to adapt to – especially as I’m also learning a rear-wheel-drive touring car after spending my entire BTCC race career with front-wheel-drive. It’s also been great to start working with the engineers and mechanics and start building relationships with everybody in the team.”
Dick Bennetts, Team Principal, said: “It will hopefully pay off when you can start your winter testing programme before Christmas, so to have three days of solid running this week and give Andrew some experience at three different circuits with the BMW is definitely going to benefit him and the team. The car is still in 2016 trim, as we still have to convert it to use all of the mandatory components for next season, but we’re not far off and this week has helped us to see where we are and given us lots of very useful data to analyse.”