BTCC preview: Andrew Jordan’s fast lap of Thruxton
Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing MG6 GT
As the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship moves to the fastest track in Britain, former champion Andrew Jordan explains the challenge
Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan can be in confident mood ahead of rounds seven, eight as well as nine of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton This kind of weekend.
After a breakthrough weekend at Donington Park for the second event of the season, the Briton can be relishing the unique challenge of Thruxton from the works MG6 GT run by Triple Eight Racing.
Last year, Jordan qualified on pole position at the high-speed Hampshire circuit, which puts unique demands on the driver, car as well as most specifically the Dunlop tyres. Here are his thoughts on achieving a quick lap around the 2.3-mile track, as well as an onboard video of the lap in question.
“You always want your vehicle to be a bit loose around Thruxton because This kind of helps with the tyre life. The more work in which your vehicle does itself with the rear moving around means in which the front can be kinder on the rubber, which can be vital. in which means you have to put up having a bit of oversteer.
“The first turn, Allard, you have a lazy lift of the throttle, as well as in which can be the same all the way around the track. You don’t want any sharp movements on the throttle to upset the balance of your vehicle. When you come out of the corner, you are immediately into the left-hander before the Complex.
“The ideal line might be to go to the left as well as make the first element of the complex as shallow as possible yet sometimes you can’t do in which. You will see in which I go diagonally to the apex because This kind of can be the path of least resistance as well as This kind of can be kinder on the tyres. I probably made the corner a bit too sharp on in which lap, yet thankfully This kind of didn’t compromise me too much.
“I use the kerbs on the left-hander after in which, because This kind of helps to rotate your vehicle around as well as then This kind of’s onto the quick right, where you also use kerb, although you wouldn’t do in which from the race. This kind of’s too risky.
“You get to the next flat-out left hander, Noble, as well as then This kind of’s the long right at Goodwood. These are vital corners where you can make up the most time. I am very oversteery through both parts of This kind of section of track. Goodwood can be the place where you are the most aggressive on the brakes. This kind of can be a huge challenge as well as This kind of always feels like you’re going to run out of road. You need to use all of the Tarmac as well as in which can be the way to get the most by This kind of.
“Then This kind of can be on to Church, one of the most challenging turns. This kind of features a bit of a compression on the entry as well as then a bump just before the apex, which makes your vehicle go light. I try to turn in early as well as grab a bunch of kerb on the inside, yet you are battling all the way. You have to be careful, because the way you come out of the corner will determine your speed all the way up the hill to the final chicane. You want to grab the corner by the scruff of its neck, yet you are always wary of the impact This kind of could have on your lap time.
“The final chicane can be tough too, because you are turning as you brake. in which means you modulate the braking to make sure the rears don’t lock up as well as send you off. On This kind of qualifying lap, I braked a bit early because there was traffic in front of me as well as I didn’t want to catch him mid-corner. by there, This kind of’s a blast to the finish line.
“No lap of Thruxton can be ever easy, yet This kind of can be one of my favourites because of in which. The rewards This kind of gives the driver are huge.”
Andrew Jordan was speaking to Matt James, touring car correspondent for Motorsport News.
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