As if the defending BTCC Champion didn't already have enough on his plate from when the cars are put in action at Brands Hatch in the next few weeks, Pirtek Racing's Andrew Jordan will return to the sport that he competed in, as be made his way to finally become a champion touring car driver.
The Red Bull Athlete will return back to rallycross for the UK round of the forthcoming inaugural FIA World RallycrossRX Championship. It takes place at Kent track Lydden Hill during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, where he will be driving for the OlsbergsMSE outfit, with a 600 bhp Ford Fiesta at his disposal.
The 24-year-old was tackling a combination of the gravel and tarmac throughout his formative years, as he didn't take the conventional route that a lot of youngsters did on their way up the motorsport ladder. Andrew took the 2007 British Rallycross Supercar title along the way, and his skills in adverse conditions behind the wheel in the BTCC has shown just how competent and fully-rounded he is as a champion driver.
Let us not forget that he beat some pretty tough competition in the BTCC in the form of Jason Plato, Matt Neal, Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden last year, to secure the overall title and attributes his control to those skills he developed over the years. He also has fond memories of the circuit of racing there in previous years: "Obviously I know Lydden well as it’s the home of British rallycross. I did my second-ever race there in a Mini and I remember beating Pat Doran in what was my final supercar race, so I have lots of good memories."
Jordan is excited at the prospect of the challenge of this fast-paced and high-octane racing series, with the likes of Petter Solberg, Alexander Hvaal and Pat's son Liam Doran providing an eclectic mix of skilled individuals, who will battle hard to win.
"They are just unreal to drive,” said Jordan, whose enthusiasm was apparent about getting to drive these high-powered chariots once again. “The horsepower is one thing, but the torque is phenomenal. The engine just keeps pulling and pulling until you get right into a corner. They are totally brilliant bits of kit!"
The FIA World Rallycross Championship will take place over 12 different countries on two different continents, with the "Temple of Rallycross," Loheac in France being the mecca of the sport itself, as 9-time WRC champion, Sebastien Loeb gave the sport a go just last year, which brought the crowds flocking.
These cars are lightweight, 600bhp monsters, which even make super cars standstill, as Rallycross cars can hit 60 miles per hour in just two seconds. The drivers that get behind the wheel of the impressive machinery that only shares similar bodywork with the production counterparts, but underneath the skin, it is an altogether different story.
So one thing remains for Jordan himself, as he will really have to keep his wits about him this coming May, when the dust flies upwards, as the fans cheer the racers on.
Rallycross is a new emerging sport, with world-class drivers that have competed in X Games, GRC (Global Rallycross Championship and the new FIA European and World Rallycross RX Championships showing the fact that it is a sport that keeps the fans entertained, as well as promoting the cars that they can buy in the automotive market.
It is also a series that appeals to people of all ages, and has its fair share of dramas, action and full-throttle adrenaline that shows that it is an emerging category that will expand as time goes on. It is rapid-fire and there is no room for errors, otherwise it can all end rather quickly for those seeking the ultimate reward.
But for now, Andrew has to concentrate on the task at hand, as the BTCC season will officially get underway on Monday, as the Media Day at Donington Park brings all and sundry together, as the time is ticking away before Brands Hatch...