Andrew Jordan to remain with WSR for 2020 campaign
Andrew Jordan will remain with West Surrey Racing for the 2020 BTCC season after extending his stay with the BMW squad into a fourth season.
The 2013 champion joined WSR back in 2017, and has spent the past three seasons running as part of a single-car team under the BMW Pirtek Racing banner.
The end of his long-standing relationship with Pirtek called into question whether Jordan would be on the grid for the new campaign, but a deal has now been concluded that will see the 30-year-old become part of an expanded three-car Team BMW line-up alongside Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant.
“Ever since Pirtek – who have been incredible supporters of mine for a decade – told me that motorsport no longer featured in their plans last summer, I’ve been trying desperately to piece together a deal to remain in the BTCC with WSR,” he said.
“I was single-minded when it came to next season and hadn’t talked to anyone else, which is why I’m so honoured that BMW worked so hard to keep me on-board – I know there will have been loads of people knocking on their door for 2020. Having the same three drivers, team and engineers is good from a continuity point-of-view and I think that will help us to find more gains over the off-season.
“After winning more races than anyone else and coming so close to winning my second BTCC title last year, the aim is to go one better and I absolutely have the best team around me I could possibly hope for to make that dream a reality. I can’t wait.”
Team boss Dick Bennetts said he was delighted to be able to confirm an unchanged line-up for 2020, and to keep Jordan onboard.
“I’m really pleased to be able to announce this news today,” he said. “AJ is one of the finest BTCC drivers not just of the current crop, but of this whole generation, and he showed incredible determination and fighting spirit this year to turn what could have been a complete loss after the Donington incident into a final-round battle for the championship.
“With Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and now AJ forming a three-pronged line-up, and a BMW 330i M Sport that is undergoing a development programme during the winter, we have one of, if not the strongest line-up in recent BTCC seasons and a car to challenge for more championships.”