2013 British Touring Car championship winner Andrew Jordan has withdrawn from the 2020 season, his team West Surrey Racing has confirmed.
The 31-year-old was due to stay on with the team for a fourth season after salvaging a deal to remain with the championship winning squad at the eleventh hour, after long term backer, Pirtek withdrew their funding.
The 2020 BTCC season is yet to get underway this year, due to COVID-19 and the opening round has been re-scheduled for 1 August at Donington, where WSR were due to field three cars.
But, that three appears to have dropped to two after the team confirmed on Tuesday morning that Jordan had decided not to race in the championship this year.
A statement released by WSR said: “Team BMW and WSR regret to announce that driver Andrew Jordan has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2020 British Touring Car Championship.
“We would like to thank Andrew for his immense contribution to our BTCC success story, which includes 10 race wins, three Manufacturers’ titles and the runner-up spot in last year’s Drivers’ Championship, and to wish him the very best for the future.”
WSR Team Principal, Dick Bennets also stated: “AJ has made a huge contribution to our BTCC success since 2017 – coming so close to winning last year’s title – and we’re sorry to be losing him.
“On behalf of all at WSR and Team BMW, we thank him for our seasons together and wish him well for the future.”
Shortly after WSR issued their official statement, Jordan issued one of his own on Twitter, stating that the current climate placed him in a position where his head had to “overrule” his heart.
“After much thought and consideration, I have made the difficult decision not to compete in the BTCC 2020 season with Team BMW.” said Jordan.
“As I’m sure too many of you can attest to, the current climate has impacted all of us more than we could have ever anticipated.
Unfortunately, this has placed me in a position where my head had to overrule my heart, and the tough decision was made not to compete this season.”
Team BMW and WSR will still run reigning champion Colin Turkington and Tom Oliphant this year and it remains to be seen whether they will replace Jordan with another driver for the season.
Very tough decision to make but one I’m confident is the right one. BTCC 2020 just wasn’t meant to be for me. Thanks for all the support it’s been a blast 👍🏻👌🏻🏆 pic.twitter.com/Utai6xvdub
— Andrew Jordan (@AndrewJordan77) June 30, 2020