First test for Andrew Jordan with Motorbase Ford Focus
2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan, who switched from Triple Eight to Motorbase Performance for 2016 season, completed a first test of Motorbase’s Ford Focus ST earlier this week. Wrotham based team had a test day at their local circuit Brands Hatch, with the car which showed impressive performance in the final rounds of 2015 season, with four wins and three pole positions.
“Today has been all about getting a feel for the car and getting to know the team but it’s been really productive. After spending a couple days with the boys in the workshop I feel really comfortable in the team and the test couldn’t have gone any better to be honest. After watching the Focus this year I was really looking forward to seeing how it handled” commented the Red Bull athlete. “I know that people will be expecting me to say this, but the car genuinely impressed me. Motorbase have clearly done a great job getting the car to where it is now, both with the engine and chassis development and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that happy in a touring car.
“We have a great platform to build on for next year and everyone in the team is confident that we have a strong package that can challenge for the title. For now though, the focus is on pre-season testing. We have some away-days planned to try and beat the UK weather and I can’t wait to get stuck in!”, Jordan said after the test.
Mat Jackson was also on-hand throughout the day to lend his expertise and feedback during the squad’s first winter test and Motorbase Team Manager Oly Collins was equally pleased with the day’s results.
“It’s great to welcome Andrew to the team and today was the ideal first test for him. The conditions were extremely good for this time of year – mild and dry – so what was going to be just an initial run in the car turned into quite a productive test. It’s rare to able to do so much meaningful running prior to the cold weather and it’s given us a great understanding of how Andrew likes the car. He settled in to the team very well, as we all expected him to, and he was full of praise for our car as a complete package. It’s a fresh comparison of what he’s been used to for the last year and it’s encouraging to hear that the Focus performed as well for him,” Oly Collins said.
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