Jordan seals shootout as BTCC celebrates 60th at Goodwood
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship continued its Diamond Jubilee celebrations at one of the biggest motoring events of the year this past weekend, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Andrew Jordan taking the honours in the shootout.
More than 100,000 spectators poured through the gates this past weekend to soak up the sun and all things automotive, with the BTCC taking on its own starring role.
The series returned with six drivers all vying for the bragging rights of being fastest up the famed 1.16 mile hill, with the last shootout having taken place back in 2016.
Twenty-thirteen BTCC champion Jordan retained his status as the man to beat on what is home soil for the Goodwood employee, after firstly piloting his BMW Pirtek Racing 1-Series to the top of the times in the two sessions held on Friday and Saturday.
Leading the way on Sunday morning, the BMW Pirtek Racing driver excelled during the afternoon’s main event, clocking a time of 52.58 to seal the deal and follow up his 2016 victory at FoS.
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“It’s an amazing feeling to be the BTCC’s King of the Hill and a great way to get my first ‘win’ of the season,” said Jordan.
“The Goodwood hillclimb is an incredible challenge and you have to straddle that fine line between being incredibly brave and a bit cautious to get to the top in the best time.
“I’ve had a fantastic time and I’m certain this success can inspire us to go and take BMW Pirtek Racing’s first BTCC race win of the year very soon.”
Power Maxed TAG Racing’s Josh Cook finished second to record a time of 54.06, narrowly ahead of the Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes of Adam Morgan in third.
Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal was fourth with Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram fifth, the pair separated by little under eight tenths of a second at the end.
Rounding out the list of runners was Rob Austin in the HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Away from the modern-day touring cars, there was also a host of other iconic machines on display. The Austin 105 that piloted Jack Sears to the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship title in 1958 took pride of place, as did the iconic Volvo 850 Estate and stunning Alfa Romeo 155 from 1994.
Elsewhere a Ford Galaxie 500, Ford Escort Twin Cam, Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Rover SD1 Vitesse, Jaguar MK1 and Morris Mini Cooper S all garnered plenty of attention.