Andrew Jordan is renowned for trying his hand at driving anything and at Brands Hatch this past weekend (November 4/5) he continued that trait by debuting in the Pickup Truck Racing Championship.
Best known for competing in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, winning the title in 2013, the 28-year-old has forged a reputation for jumping at the chance to race anything he can get his hands on.
Teaming with Matt Roach Racing to run as a guest entrant, the Pirtek Racing driver put on a show for the bumper crowd that was in attendance at the Kent circuit.
Starting from the back of the grid in race one virtue of being a series newcomer, Jordan scythed his way through the pack in impressive fashion, taking second place behind Lea Wood.
Leading the field from pole position in the second encounter, the 28-year-old further demonstrated his experience as he fended off the advances of a host of challengers, all while managing a misfire.
Going on to secure a popular victory, Jordan’s debut weekend in the championship has left him eyeing a return in 2018.
“I’ve known Matt Roach for since my days in rallycross and he’s said for a while that I should have a go in the pickup,” he said.
“It was an opportunity to go out and have some fun away from the pressures of a BTCC weekend, and also gave me the chance to help promote Pirtek to a different audience - which is an important part of any relationship with a sponsor.
“On track, I wasn’t sure what we could do from the back of the grid in race one as the conditions were different to those we had faced in qualifying.
“It got a bit feisty at times as we battled through the field, but I realised we could get on the podium by the middle of the race and kept pushing hard. To finish right on Lea’s tail from the back of the grid was fantastic.
“Race two was difficult because we had a misfire on the truck that hampered me on the straights. It meant that I had to defend into Paddock Hill Bend every lap to keep the field behind me, and to come away with a win is more than I expected from the weekend.
“Overall it was a fantastic event to be part of and I really enjoyed the whole experience. There are no clashes with my BTCC programme next season so who knows, maybe we could go out and do a few more rounds in 2018.”