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Andrew Jordan remains with WSR for third season

Andrew Jordan says he is fully focused on challenging for a second outright title after re-signing with WSR for the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season.

The Pirtek Racing-backed driver will go into his third season with the BMW team in 2019 keen to try and add to his 2013 title, and will once again race with support from the German manufacturer.

Jordan finished fifth in the championship standings last season with a single victory at Knockhill and said he felt optimistic about the year ahead.

“I’m really pleased to confirm that I will be returning with WSR for another season,” he said. “It’s great to have the continuity of remaining at the wheel of the BMW and of working with the same engineer I have had for the past two years. That was a key factor in us agreeing a new deal, and is something that I feel is hugely important going into 2019.

“Last season I feel we had a very strong package, particularly in the second half of the year, but we just didn’t have luck on our side. Had it not been for some incidents that were beyond our control where we lost valuable points, we’d have been right there in the championship fight when we got to the final rounds, which is where I feel we should have been.

“That’s something I want to put right in 2019 and there is no doubt that I am going into the new season with my focus firmly on the championship title. Of course that isn’t going to be easy because the opposition will be strong again, both from Colin [Turkington] alongside me in the garage as the defending champion and from elsewhere on the grid, but I feel in a good place.

“I’m carrying a lot of confidence into the new season and I can’t wait for the action to get underway.”

WSR team boss Dick Bennetts was pleased to retain Jordan as part of the three-car line-up alongside Team BMW-entered Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant.

“It’s great news that Andrew and Pirtek will remain part of the WSR family for a third straight year,” he said. “AJ is a champion, pure and simple, was the best rear-wheel-drive qualifier last year and could easily have finished in the top three in the points had it not been for a couple of factors outside of his control that cost him more podiums.

“With AJ, Colin and Tom we have a superb line-up confirmed for our BMWs in 2019 and we will, as ever, be aiming to do the very best we can at every circuit and see where that puts us at the end of the year.”