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15 Apr 2014

WRX: Jordan runs at Lydden

Category: ERC, News Posted 15.04.14 20:45 by

Lydden Hill, the cradle of the Rallycross sport, hosted a media day for the British round of the FIA WorldRX event, featuring ‘wildcard’ entry Andrew Jordan.

 

Arguably creating the most interest at today’s media gathering at Wootton in Co. Kent was OlsbergsMSE ‘wildcard’ entry for the Lydden Hill WRX event of May 24 and 25, none other than reigning British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan. The 24-year-old began his career in Rallycross, became the 2007 British Rallycross Championship runner-up to Irishman Ollie O’Donovan, before making a successful switch to circuit racing. Jordan has always harboured ambitions to return to the sport, alongside his BTCC commitments, and now has the opportunity to do so at the British round of the inaugural FIA World Rallycross World Championship.

Andrew Jordan, son of former racer Michael “Mike” Jordan, stated: “I started my career in Rallycross and people probably don’t realise that I had my second ever race here – in a Mini when I was 15. It was hard to make a career from Rallycross at that time and I moved over to circuit racing and of course the British Touring Car Championship. I’d always wanted to give Rallycross a go again and now the time is right – to race at our home event of the World Championship in a really good car. I’m under no illusions as to how tough it’s going to be, however, as these guys are at the top of their game and coming in for just one round is always going to be difficult. I’m a racing driver though so naturally I want to do well, but let’s hope we put on a great show for the fans and see what happens.”

 

Jordan is going to drive a 560bhp strong Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST SuperCar at Lydden Hill. © Ford Racing/ERC24

Jordan is going to drive a 560bhp strong Ford Fiesta Mk7 ST SuperCar at Lydden Hill. © Ford Racing/ERC24

 

“I’ve always watched Rallycross and taken a keen interest in it, plus of course I regularly commentate on the championship for TV. I’ve kept an eye on the other wildcards that have given it a go and it hasn’t been easy for them. Mattias Ekström was very competitive in Sweden [in 2013], so I’m hopeful that we can be up there too. To come and take these guys on will be a really big task, but I’m going to give it my all and get stuck in,” claimed the former protégé of his famous compatriot 1992 European Rallycross Champion Will Gollop.

 

Back to his roots, 2007 GBRC runner-up and reigning BTCC champion Andrew Jordan is happy to be a WorldRX 'wildcard'. © OMSE/ERC24

Back to his roots, 2007 GBRC runner-up and reigning BTCC champion Andrew Jordan is happy to be a WorldRX ‘wildcard’. © OMSE/ERC24

 

Top photo: OMSE presented three SuperCars with its drivers (from left) Nitišs, Jordan and Bakkerud at Lydden Hill. © OMSE/ERC24