2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan has joined the MG/Triple Eight Racing team for his 2015 BTCC campaign.
Jordan has signed a one-year deal to handle an MG6 GT for the squad, having left Eurotech Racing, run by his father Mike, which took him to his title. Jordan has raced with Triple Eight before, driving a Vauxhall Vectra in 2009.
Eurotech had been running factory-built Honda Civics. Jordan said publicly he wanted equal machinery if he was to stick with the Japanese cars in 2015. A switch to reigning Manufacturers’ champions MG was the logical move.
The Red Bull-backed 25 year-old, who recently became a father for the first time, replaces Jason Plato as MG team leader. The double champion was instrumental in bringing the marque back to the BTCC in 2012, but departed when his three-year contract concluded after the final races of 2014. Plato’s time with the team yielded 20 wins and that Manufacturers’ Championship, but not the Drivers’ crown he sought. He has yet to announce his 2015 plans.
As Plato left, so did headline sponsor Tesco. But Jordan brings long-term backers Pirtek with him. His MG will wear Pirtek’s distinctive livery and, we have to say, the car looks fantastic. Incidentally, Jordan has raced under the Pirtek Racing banner in recent years; MG has yet to confirm who his entrant will be.
“By joining MG and Triple Eight, I can build something exciting for the future,” Jordan said. “Joining this team gives me the best chance I will have of winning the championship again – it is as simple as that.
“I’m certainly looking further ahead than just the end of this year. There are many options for me here, and that is what makes this such an exciting deal. I’m returning to Triple Eight with a lot more experience to try and lead the team to the championship. It’s a hugely exciting challenge.”
Jordan’s car will on display at Autosport International at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend. The 2015 season gets underway at Brands Hatch on 5 April.