Andrew Jordan will switch to BMW power in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring car Championship after signing a two year deal with West Surrey Racing.
The former BTCC title winner will race the latest development of the WSR-designed-and-built BMW 125i M Sport, which won both the teams’ and manufacturers’ championships this season, in both 2017 and 2018.
Andrew, 27, brings a wealth of experience and success to WSR. Since making his BTCC debut in 2008, he has scored 16 race wins, 53 podium finishes and six pole positions. The Lichfield racer won the overall BTCC crown in 2013 and has been the champion independent driver three times; including this year.
He joins a WSR team that has taken five outright BTCC titles as well as nine in the independents category and he will compete under the Pirtek Racing banner.
Sunbury-on-Thames-based WSR will begin Andrew’s winter test programme later this month as the Red Bull Athlete acclimatises to the BMW ahead of what will be his first season racing a rear-wheel-drive touring car.
WSR expect to announce additions to the 2017 driver line-up before the end of the year.
WSR team principal Dick bennetts said "It’s great to welcome Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing to WSR.
"Andrew is one of the fastest and most successful drivers in the BTCC and crucially knows how to win a championship. Being able to announce this exciting news in November enables us to make the best possible use of the time available between now and the start of the 2017 season and kick off our winter testing programme with Andrew before the end of the month.
"The team have been working hard on the development of the BMW to make sure we’re title contenders again next year.”
“I’m incredibly excited about joining WSR," added Andrew. "They have been one of the outstanding teams in the BTCC for the past 20 years and achieved so much success in single-seater racing before that with legends like Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Mika Hakkinen.
"To have signed a multi-year deal is fantastic as it gives myself and Pirtek the continuity to build something really special with WSR over the next two seasons. I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve seen of the way WSR operate and am sure that we can be right at the sharp end throughout the 2017 season.
"I’ve never raced a rear-wheel-drive car in the BTCC, but the BMW has proven to be one of the best cars on the grid and I’m looking forward to learning plenty over the winter.”