Andrew Jordan has said that BMW were instrumental in ensuring that he could remain on the British Touring Car Championship grid for 2020.
Jordan finished second in the championship last season, missing out on his second title after team-mate, Colin Turkington won the final race of the year at Brands Hatch, and his future looked uncertain beyond the year after his long term partner, Pirtek, announced that they would be withdrawing their sponsorship at the end of 2019, after 10 years backing the 26-time BTCC winner.
The 2013 champion had looked set to disappear from the BTCC grid altogether, but in December, West Surrey Racing confirmed that Jordan would be staying with the team for 2020, meaning he would continue to race the BMW 3 series.
“It was either BMW or going racing in Porsche Carrera Cup or Rallycross, I had two other options,” Jordan said, speaking to Last Lap.
“It was within probably two weeks, [and] if it hadn’t happened it was something else.
“It was close to not happening, but luckily BMW have come on board and helped keep the same team together, and I look forward to get going again against the usual guys,”
Whilst BMW were instrumental in ensuring that they retained the same three drivers in their cars for 2020, it was not only the German manufacturer who kept Jordan on the grid, with the 30-year-old confirming that they also involved their partners and suppliers, and without them, a deal still wouldn’t have gone through.
“This game needs funding and yeah, [it’s] not just them [BMW] individually,” added Jordan.
“They’ve helped with their suppliers ,and with their partners and stuff, but without them being influential in putting the deal together, it wouldn’t have [happened].
“I can’t magic that sort of money out of thin air unfortunately, so yeah they helped and put the whole deal together.”