In 2013 Revive! sponsored Andrew Jordan became the youngest ever BTCC champion. His attempt to retain the title saw a great start but ultimately fell short behind the power of the BMW and the eventual winner in Colin Turkington. 2015 sees a new chapter in Jordan’s career with a move to 888 Racing and the MG Manufacturer. Jordan speaks exclusively to Revive! revealing his thoughts about the move and the new season ahead.
Revive!: “So the Autosport show saw huge interest in you unveiling your new car. How was the day for you?”
AJ: “To be honest we were blown away by the attention. We wanted to make a noise about the change and the new car I will be driving in the 2015 BTCC but really didn’t expect so much media and public interest.”
Revive!: “Why do you think there is so much interest?”
AJ: “I think that BTCC is going through a renaissance in terms of its popularity at the moment with prime time TV coverage all day on Sunday during race days and the general interest with so many previous champions. It makes for good racing and good TV!”
Revive!: “So what are the thoughts behind the move and how are things going?”
AJ: “Clearly it’s a big step but with a manufacturer offering support it’s a really positive move for me personally and I believe it gives us a great shot at the title again – which is what I am looking for.
At this time of the year it is all about running through the testing schedule and making sure we are as ready as we can be for the first day of testing at Brands Hatch on February 12th. By the time we have reviewed data from testing and previous data Media day will be upon us! I’m particularly looking forward to testing at Thruxton – traditionally poor for the MGs but one of the fastest circuits last year for the Honda so I will be looking to pick up time, if we can, there.”
Revive!: “What difference will the new car make and how long will it take to get used to it?”
AJ: “Given that with the BTCC rules most of the cars are the same under the chassis it won’t take too much time. There will obviously be differences but they won’t be that great and the key to success is trying to eliminate weaknesses and try to gain fractions in terms of our times. The test days can be really quite tiring as we try to maximise the amount of work we can do – so we need to be really clear about our plan and as I drive the car I find little tweaks that we want to try. It’s a long day – but we normally come out with some great data. Small improvements can make a big difference.”
Revive!: “What do you think of your chance for this year?”
AJ: “I’ve worked really hard in the off season and I can certainly say that I’m up for it! I’m sure we will have a better idea once the testing is done.”
The start of the new BTCC season is just around the corner with the first race at Brands Hatch scheduled for 4/5 April. The Revive! team will be keeping readers posted with Andrew’s progress throughout the season with post race interviews and the latest news and views from in and around the 2015 BTCC. So stay tuned!