2013 BTCC champion Jordan takes win as he races in support series – National

2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan made a winning return to a BTCC event at Brands Hatch last weekend, racing a Mini Miglia in one of the support categories.

Jordan was due to drive for West Surrey Racing in this year’s BTCC but was unable to drive for the team after losing a sponsor as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s runner-up said at the time that “the worst phone calls” led to his exit from the championship, having raced in the series every year since 2008.

Instead, Jordan purchased a Miglia machine and the Jordan Racing Team he runs with father Mike entered the car at Brands Hatch.

Jordan took a win and two other podiums as the category made a guest appearance alongside the BTCC.

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Jordan soon got to grips with the Mini and battled through from sixth on the grid to take third in the opening race, before finishing second in race two.

He then went one better in the finale, just holding off double victor Aaron Smith.

Jordan explained that he wanted to race the Miglia after watching the category when he was growing up.

“When my Dad used to race in British GT, these were one of the support races, so I used to watch them,” he told Autosport.

“When I saw a car come up for sale, I decided to go for it.

“It’s great fun! It’s hard work actually because it’s got a really good grip ratio to the weight of the car.

“I didn’t really know what to expect because there’s a lot of good people who are always battling up at the front.”

Jordan is now planning further outings later this season, when JRT’s packed historic racing schedule allows, and has not ruled out a possible full campaign in the Miglia next year.

“I’ve absolutely loved it and I’m going home very happy,” Jordan added.

“I would like to do Thruxton and Castle Combe [which is part of the special two-day Autumn Classic meeting at the Wiltshire circuit], but can’t do Snetterton.”

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