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  1. Testing times for Revive! sponsored Andrew Jordan

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    Andrew Jordan and his new MG are part way through testing before the start of the 2015 BTCC season and Revive! caught up with their driver to find out how the testing was going and how Jordan feels about the new car.

    Revive!: “So Andrew, after the secrecy before the Autosport show how does it feel to be finally out testing the car?”

    AJ: “It’s been great to finally get into the car after all the talking around the change. The first session last Wednesday at Thurxton felt good and we managed to get some good wet and dry running time – the car feels quick and the lap times were encouraging. Personally I like the Thurxton circuit having been on pole there for the past three years or so and it feels good.”

    Revive!: “The testing started at Brands Hatch. How did that go for you?”

    AJ: “Brands was pretty damp and to a certain extent it was a new start having run with a Honda for 3 years. At Brands I felt that I was fighting with the car a little – but by Thurxton it felt good and I felt at home with both the car and the circuit.”

    Revive!: “How are you fitting in with the new team 888?”

    AJ: “The guys are great. Of course I still have my no 1 mechanic who has come across to the team and I have worked with some of the guys before back at Vauxhall. But we have a really constructive conversation about the tweaks we need to make to squeeze out the best times and I have a lot of trust in the engineers who know what to look for. There is some real effort going in to develop the car.”

    Revive!: Who do you think will be the real challengers for the title in 2015?

    AJ: “Well as you will be aware there are a number of changes within the front runners. I’m sure that the Hondas with Sheddon and Jackson will be there or thereabouts. Andrew Priaulx has joined WSR and will drive a BMW and is sure to be a threat as a three time World Champion. As will last year’s Winner and runner Up Turkington and Plato who race together this year at Team BMR Volkswagen.”

    Revive!: “What do you see is the important factor to ensure you challenge for the title once again?”

    AJ: “The key for me is to find the consistency that we had in 2013 and not only to be quick but to find that consistency that we had. Of course the car needs to be quick – but it is massively important to be consistent. Only 3 people have ever finished all 30 races and I was on course to do that in 2013 until the penultimate race! But I can’t wait to get going – but we have a couple more sets of testing before Media Day and the launch of the season on 24th March and then the season gets underway with the first race on 5th April.”

    It sounds like things are really tuning up for Andrew and his new MG in the midsts of the fast approaching 2015 championship. With brands hatch now just around the corner, it sounds like Andrew will be ready and raring on the grid.

  2. Andrew Jordan: Excited for 2015 BTCC Season

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    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!

  3. Revive! Sponsored Andrew Jordan Joins MG for 2015 BTCC

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    Revive! sponsored BTCC champion Andrew Jordan and Pirtek will mount a bold new bid for BTCC success in 2015 after securing a lead place in the works MG team with Triple Eight Racing.

    Jordan, the 2013 BTCC champion, and Pirtek will move to the car and team that took the 2014 manufacturers’ title in a major new phase of his British Touring Car Championship career and Andrew says he is excited about his prospects for the coming season.

    Revive! has sponsored and followed Andrew Jordan for the past three seasons. Managing director Mark Llewellyn said: “Andrew is serious about regaining the BTCC title and this move shows how highly regarded he is and we are looking forward to a new look which will enhance his title winning possibilities. Working with a manufacturer will add a completely new dimension to Andrew’s title aspirations and the MG car looks great!”

    Andrew explained: “We looked at a lot of different options for 2015 and it came down to deciding on the package that gave us the best chance of winning the championship. I believe, with what Triple Eight has learnt over the last three years of NGTC and what I have learnt, we will be able to make gains through our winter testing programme. It is a complete change for all of us and I’m really positive about it. This is a fabulous opportunity for Revive! to be a sponsor on a manufacturer-backed car from an iconic brand.”

    Triple Eight is the most successful team in the BTCC field and the MG6 GT is a proven race-winning package. Andrew raced for the Triple Eight team in his second season in the BTCC back in 2009. The 2015 season will be Triple Eight’s 19th year in the BTCC, while MG is the fastest-growing automotive brand in the UK.

    “Now I’m going back with a lot more experience to try and lead the team to the championship,” added Andrew.

    The new BTCC season starts at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April and we are all eagerly awaiting its return here at Revive!. We will be following Andrew’s progress with keen eyes and we hope he can achieve his goal in becoming the 2015 BTCC champion.

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  4. Brands Hatch Round Up

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    Entering the final round of BTCC 2013 Revive! sponsored Andrew Jordan was in pole position to take the title and become the youngest ever BTCC champion – 34 points ahead in the standings. His objective was to stay clear of trouble and finish in the top 10 to ensure victory.

    Race 28 started well – although the heavens had opened and water stood in areas around the track, Jordan kept out of trouble and finished 5th with Jason Plato recording yet another race win.

    Race 29 saw Jordan start on the third row with ballast removed and the rain increase in tempo. From the start of the race Jordan found himself  in a tussle with a number of drivers and with heavy rain it seemed a dangerous place to be.  On only the second lap a four car accident saw Jordan shunted off the track and into a barrier causing significant damage to his wheel and for the first time of the season out of the race with 0 points scored.

    Race 30 The final race of the year saw Jordan starting from the rear of the field with a clear objective. If Sheddon won Jordan needed to be in the top 10 to maintain his points lead and to win the Championship. Skillful and at times clever tactical driving saw Jordan slowly increase his places but at the same time Sheddon kept control at the front keeping Goss at bay. Sheddon ended winning the race, and to the delight of the following supporters and his family Jordan moved safely to finish 9th and win his first ever BTCC Championship.

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  5. Andrew Jordan extends his lead in an action packed weekend at Silverstone

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    Revive! sponsored Andrew Jordan saw his hopes of being the youngest ever BTCC champion progress as he extended his lead at the top of the championship following an excellent display of driving and tactical awareness. Finishing qualifying in 10th at a circuit not suited to the Honda’s, Jason Plato took the first race with Jordan keeping out of trouble and finishing sixth.

    In a great tactical move Jordan was the only one of the top 6 drivers to use soft tyres in race 2 giving him an edge and after a thrilling race was only kept in second place by some tremendous driving using all the experience that Jason Plato has.

    The third race and the reverse grid saw Gordon Shedden take the chequered flag to keep his championship hopes alive with Jordan finishing 5th to keep in the points.

    With the final race at Brands Hatch in 2 weeks on 13th October Jordan has extended his lead to 34 points and must be in with a great chance to win his first BTCC crown.

    Championship leader Andrew Jordan said: “Coming into the weekend I had it in my head that if I left with a 15 point buffer that’d be great, and I certainly didn’t think there’d be any way we’d extend the lead so that’s a nice surprise. I’m keeping my feet on the ground – I could always get put into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend in race one and then there’d be everything to play for again, so there’s a long way to go. I’d definitely prefer to be in my position than any of the guys behind me – I’m still going to be flat out for the last three.”

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  6. Andrew Jordan double win at Rockingham

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    Revive! sponsored BTCC driver Andrew Jordan is now at the top of the leader board following some brave racing at Rockingham last weekend.

    Andrew races in one of two Pirtek cars and Pirtek comment on their website:-

    The biggest weekend of Andrew Jordan’s racing career to date comes next at Silverstone in the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (28/29 September) as Andrew and Pirtek Racing lead the overall title race heading for three races at the Northamptonshire track, the home of British motor racing.

    However, Andrew faces a very tough weekend for rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the 30-race season at a track where the Honda Civics will struggle with the success ballast they have to carry. More than any other track on the schedule, Silverstone is about straight-line speed, and this is where the extra weight penalises the Hondas against the rest of the field. For Andrew and Pirtek Racing, Silverstone is all about damage limitation.

    After a fabulous 2013 season to date for Pirtek Racing, Andrew took the overall championship lead with a peerless performance last time out at Rockingham. For the first time, the Pirtek car won twice in a day and, as his rivals faltered, Andrew leapt into the overall title lead. He left Rockingham with a 30-point lead over title rivals Gordon Shedden, Colin Turkington and Matt Neal.

    Andrew also leads the Independent Drivers’ title race by 42 points; Pirtek Racing is currently third in HiQ Teams’ Championship and is leading the Independent Teams’ Trophy by 34 points. To date, Andrew has taken race wins at Donington Park, Oulton Park Snetterton, Knockhill and twice at Rockingham. He has now scored more race wins in 2014 than any other driver.

    Andrew says that the Rockingham weekend was a real turning point in the season, but he is not getting too excited just yet as he knows that Silverstone will be a very difficult weekend. “To go into the Rockingham weekend six points behind and go out 30 points ahead: it doesn’t get much better than that,” he said. “But Matt Neal had a bad day at Rockingham, and that could be us at Silverstone. There are still six races to go, so I don’t want to get too excited. Silverstone will be tough for the Hondas, but we’re really only racing the other two Hondas at the moment.”

    Next round Silverstone Sunday 29 September.

    After qualifying on Saturday 28 September at 15.40, the first of three BTCC races will be at 11.55 on Sunday, with race two at 14.30 and race three at 17.15. All three races will be broadcast live on ITV4. Qualifying will be broadcast live at www.itv.com and live results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com

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  7. BTCC Donington RACE REVIEW 20/21st April 2013

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    Qualifying

    After the successful weekend at Brands Hatch, Andrew Jordan carried forward 36kg success ballast to Round 2 at Donington. However this clearly didn’t affect the Honda with Jordan setting the fastest time at free practice 2. Qualifying was under slightly better weather conditions than Brands Hatch and Jordan pushed the Pirtek Honda to gain 3rd place for Race 1.

    Donington is Jordan’s home track with high kerbs, often called “Sausage Kerbs” by the commentary teams. Kerbs such as these stop corner cutting, as drivers who hit these super raised kerbs will lose speed and control which can result in, at best, lost time or at worst, early retirement through spins or car damage.

    Drivers always try to push the tracks hard and the way they round the kerbs can make the difference between winning and losing.

    Race 1

    Andrew Jordan started the race in 3rd place and after a great start he took the inside line taking him side by side with Wrathall. Ducking inside at the old hair pin Jordan edged ahead and secured second place behind Sheddon whose Honda was lighter than Jordans with no success ballast.

    The battle for third kept Jordan focused on building a gap between his Pirtek Honda and Matt Neal, with Plato closely behind chasing 3rd place.

    At the end of the first lap Jordan remained in 2nd place, 0.359 seconds behind Sheddon.

    The next few laps saw Jordan holding 2nd place and the gap between 2nd and 3rd widened which allowed him to focus on closing down on Sheddon for pole position.

    Jordan continued to pursue Sheddon with the gap reducing by a 5th of a second on lap 13, a further 0.5 seconds off on lap 14. A great performance given that Jordan had 36kg ballast. He reduced the gap by a further 4/10th of a second on the final lap, but Sheddon just managed to pip Jordan to the win.

    After the finish Jordan said “I had a fantastic car today, really pleased with the result and to challenge Sheddon who had zero weight ballast was a fantastic result for the team.”

    The result added 45kg success ballast to Sheddon for the following race with Jordan staying at 36kg.

    Race 2

    Jordan started race 2 on the 1st row in second behind Sheddon in pole.

    Jordan got another great start and reached the first corner in second place taking the inside line keeping Neal and Plato behind. Two cars at the back of the race spun and crashed into the pit wall causing the safety car to come out at the end of lap 1.

    The Safety car went back into the pits on lap 3 and after a good restart Plato takes 3rd place behind Jordan. Jordan pushes on to close the gap to pull alongside Sheddon and on lap 7 he took the inside line to pass and take the lead.

    The battle for 2nd and 3rd intensified which allowed Jordan to pull away after putting in strong lap times and hitting his markers to maintain his lead.

    Lap 10 saw Plato move into second behind Jordan but Jordan pushed on to put 2.3 seconds between 1st and 2nd place.

    Jordan crossed the finish line in 1st position much to the delight of the home crowd and his supporters. A confident experienced drive from the Independent champion showing his strengths teamed with a great car set up. Roll on Race 3!

    Race 3

    The reversed grid for Race 3 moved Jordan into 10th position on the grid, also carrying maximum ballast of 45kg following his win. He would need to focus to get a good start and work through the field.

    After another strong start Jordan maintained 10th position, with Turkington taking the lead.

    Pushed slightly wide just before the old hair pin Jordan came into the pit lane to have debris removed from his air intake at the end of lap 2. He rejoined the race back in 20th position.

    Due to the mud and grass picked up by the drivers the track was covered in debris resembling a Rally track rather than Touring car event. This saw, in quick succession, Wrathall off, Collard spin and Newsham sitting side ways before the old hairpin, narrowly missed by the rest of the field.

    This led to a noticeable gap developing between the top 5 and rest of the field. Jordan set the fastest lap after rejoining the race and continued to gain places over the next 18 laps taking him from 20th to 14th on the final lap.

    A great recovery drive from Jordan saw him finish 13th including a pit stop with maximum ballast, something not easy to achieve.

    Summary

    Jordan had another great weekend at Donington with 2 podium finishes including the first win of the 2013 season. Jordan stays at 2nd in the championship table, just 5 points behind Jason Plato.

    With a strong car set up and Jordan clearly on track to challenge, if not win the 2013 BTCC championship the next round is clearly one to watch!!!

    Next Round is at Thruxton on 5th May 2013

  8. Revive! at BTCC Media Day

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    The 2013 BTCC season kicked off this week with the Media Day, held at Donington Park. It was a chance for the worlds media to see the ‘runners and riders’ for the up coming BTCC season and a chance for Revive! to show their support for their resident racing driver Andrew Jordan with the first race at Brands Hatch just days away.

    Since the end of the 2012 season rumours have been flying about who will drive which car, what new developments there are and what the new cars will look like. All this stops at the BTCC Media Day. This is where the Revive! driver Andrew Jordan sets his stall out not only to defend his 2012 Independent Driver Crown, but to mount his challenge for the overall 2013 driver championship.

    On a cold morning at the Derbyshire track, a delegation from Revive! arrived to show their support of Andrew and the Revive! branded Pirtek Racing car. It was a chance for Andrew to show off the new Pirtek Racing livery and take to the track for some practice laps.

    Revive! left the circuit confident in Andrew’s chances for this year, thoroughly impressed with the team, the car and the livery and excited to see Andrew kick off his title challenge at Brands Hatch on the 31st March.

     

  9. Annual Conference 2013

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    The Revive! Annual conference took place over the 1st and 2nd of March at two venues – the 3M site at Atherstone and the Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry.

    A full audience of professional Revive! Smart Repairers saw a number of enthralling speakers together with suppliers and sponsors making the 9th Conference the biggest and best yet!

    The Revive! Conference was built on the back of another tremendous record year of sales growth and new initiatives for the Revive! business. Credibility increased with the appointment of Revive! as the partner to the Ford Smart Repair programme,  the sponsorship of the BTCC Independent Champion Andrew Jordan and the addition of Revive! to the Tesco Clubcard scheme.

  10. Graduate finds career with franchisee

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    Matthew Harland who graduated from Lincoln University, joined the franchised branch of Revive! at Thirsk North Yorkshire, as a temporary technician, but has now decided to take the job permanently.
    “I’ve always liked being around cars and working with people. It is very rewarding to see how pleased the customers are with the end result. I’ve been really surprised by how much I enjoy the job. I didn’t realise how precise and technical it could be. The standards are very high and there are a lot of processes involved to make sure you get it right every time. I was impressed with the training and can see there is a great deal of potential for me here. We are doing really well and I am looking forward to helping to grow the business.”

    Roger Boothman, the franchisee who has had the firm for four years, has seen a steady increase in customers year on year.

    “I’m delighted that a candidate of Matt’s calibre has decided to make a career with us. He has a natural aptitude for the job and I am impressed with his work. He will be a real assest to our business.”

    Revive!’s customers include car dealerships, manufacturers and private motorists. It’s repairs are a quality, cost effective and time saving altenative to taking the vehicle to a bodyshop. The work is carried out at a time and place to suit the customer, minimising vehicle downtime and costing less than the excess on most insurance policies whilst protecting the motorist’s no claim bonus.

  11. Smart Repair specialists Revive! renew Andrew Jordan sponsorship

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    Revive!, leading provider of cosmetic vehicle repairs, is once again sponsoring Andrew Jordan of the Pirtek Racing team in the 2013 British Touring Car Championships (BTCC).

    Jordan, 23, was the BTCC independent drivers champion at the close of the 2012 season, and has his sights set on the overall crown in 2013. He is hotly tipped to beat works drivers from manufacturers’ teams this year.

    The Pirtek livery for 2013, complete with Revive! branding, will be seen in action for the first time at Donnington Park on 21 March. Pirtek is racing one of only eight new generation touring cars (NGTC) on the circuit. Its NGTC – spec Honda Civic with a Neal Brown engine – is the same as the Honda Works team car.

    Jordan’s debut BTCC season was in 2008 and he made BTCC history by being the youngest ever driver to qualify on pole position.

    Revive! managing director Mark Llewellyn says: “Andrew Jordan epitomises what Revive! is all about. Throughout his career he has challenged people’s perceptions – from qualifying on pole position at the tender age of 19 to giving works drivers a real run for their money. At Revive! we have taken strides to turn around the prevailing opinion of mobile cosmetic vehicle repairs. Technicians are trained at our IMI -approved accreditation centre and we are dedicated to quality and professionalism. Like all the best sponsorships, our relationship with Andrew is rooted in synergy and mutual respect. We are proud of what he achieved in 2012, and know he’ll be on the pace this year too.”

    Revive! specialises in repairing minor scuffs and scrapes to vehicle bodywork and alloy wheels. It has the largest network of smart repairers in the UK and is the first to have ATA accredited technicians.

    As the preferred supplier of smart repairs to major car dealerships and fleet operators, Revive!’s customers include Alfa Romeo Fiat, Lex Autolease and Mercedes.  The company works closely with the Institute of the Motor Industry to drive up standards within the smart repair industry and as a result has paved the way for smart repair to become a top quality alternative to bodyshops for minor vehicle damage.

  12. Snetterton glory for Revive! sponsored driver Andrew Jordan

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    As the action resumed after the summer break, Andrew and the Pirtek Honda Civic were right at the head of the racing as the BTCC yet again delivered sensational action for the huge crowd at the track and hundreds of thousands watching live on ITV4.

    Andrew’s pace was superb right from the start of the weekend and he should have been on pole position. “We went quickest in the first and second sectors and I had a small off in the third sector. We could have been fastest by a couple of tenths of a second,” he said. But the Pirtek Racing mood was optimistic going into Sunday’s races. “From fourth on the grid we thought out tyre wear would be better, but it would be hard to race forward. The other cars like the Toyota are so quick in a straight line; they were 5mph faster than us through the speed traps.”

    “In the race I got stuck behind Dave Newsham for a bit and he was very quick in a straight line. But his tyres were going off. I got up on the inside of him onto the back straight and got ahead, but he just drove past me on the straight. He cut back in before the Esses and then got on the brakes really early. We looked on the data and I had to get on the brakes 46 metres earlier than the previous lap. But I got past him at the right-hander for third place.”

    Race two was an incredible affair as Matt Neal and Jason Plato battled furiously and both ran off the track at Murray’s after contact. Andrew was perfectly placed to sweep ahead and take a magnificent victory, his first of the 2012 season. “We gained a bit more success ballast for the second race. I didn’t defend too hard from Matt because his car was lighter and I let him go after Plato and tried to go with him, which worked a treat. They sorted each other out and I got past them both. It was a huge relief to win and that last lap felt like it went on for a long time. It was a great result for the Pirtek team.

    “For the third race we had 45kg of success ballast and started ninth on the grid and got up to fifth, which was a good result. We’re certainly not out of it and a couple more days like that could really get us into the title battle,” said a jubilant Andrew after a fabulous day.

    “We are delighted that Andrew has finally got the win he richly deserves for his efforts this year. His efforts throughout the year have mainly gone unrewarded – and you could really see how much the win meant. We are all behind Andrew at Revive! and can’t wait for the next race in Knockhill!”

    Mark Llewellyn – Revive! Managing Director