Andrew Jordan wins British Touring Car Championship
Andrew Jordan was yesterday crowned British Touring Car champion for the first time.
The 24-year-old driver from Sutton Coldfield finished seventh in the final race at a rain-drenched Brands Hatch, giving him enough points to clinch the title over Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden, his nearest rivals.
The feat makes Jordan the youngest touring car driver to win the championship since 1990, when Robb Gravett took the title at the same age in a Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth.
Jordan, who drives for the Pirtek Racing team run by his father, Mike, had put in consistently strong performances throughout the year.
He had been the hot favourite to win going into the final race weekend, and kept out of trouble in the first of Sunday's three races, finishing in a solid fifth position.
But in the second race of the day, his Honda Civic picked up suspension damage after a crash, forcing him to retire.
The result left him near the back of the grid for the final race, giving both Plato and Shedden a chance to steal the title.
But Jordan put in a masterful drive, working his way back through the pack in apocalyptic conditions and avoiding incidents.
He eventually managed to pass Plato for seventh place, giving him enough points to take the championship.
After an emotional reunion with his family in the pits, he lifted the trophy on the podium.
Jordan also dedicated his victory to Ryan Lawford, a long-time family friend and one of the team's mechanics, who tragically took his own life earlier this year.