Andrew Jordan, newly crowned 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion, is the first graduate of MSA’s talent development programme to win a top national title in UK motor sport.
Jordan claimed his first BTCC title in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch, beating outgoing champion Gordon Shedden to the spoils by a mere seven points. His season included six race wins, two pole positions, eleven podiums and eight fastest laps.
The 24-year-old joined MSA British Race Elite in 2007 and spent two years in the scheme. The programme was the first iteration of the governing body’s talent development programme for racing drivers, run by legendary driver David Brabham and focused on the elements of sports science and human performance that combine to create successful drivers.
Race Elite later combined with Rally Elite to create the multi-tiered MSA Academy pathway, which culminates in the Team UK national squad and which provides one-to-one performance management and coaching for nine of the UK’s leading race and rally drivers with support from Racing Steps Foundation (RSF).
Nick Bunting, MSA Chief Executive, said: “Our commitment to nurturing the best young talent in British motor sport is about creating heroes and role models, who can reflect attention on the sport and inspire people to get involved at grassroots level. Andrew is certainly helping to fulfil that premise, following a brilliant season packed full of wins, poles, and ultimately the BTCC title. As the governing body, we would like to congratulate him on this great success and take great pride in having played a small part in helping him to achieve his potential.”
Jordan is the latest graduate of the MSA’s talent development initiatives to achieve headline success, following the likes of Max Chilton and James Calado, who are now establishing themselves at in Formula 1 with the Marussia and Sahara Force India teams respectively.
14 October 2013