Former British Rallycross Supercar Champion and reigning British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan is set to compete at his home round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill, in an OMSE run Ford Fiesta Supercar.
The young British driver has been investigating the potential of returning to the sport for some time, culminating in a test with Swedish outfit OMSE last June at Strangnas in Sweden.
“Andreas [Eriksson, team principle of OMSE] and I have kept in touch since the test. I’m very excited to get the opportunity to race in rallycross again, specially with a team as good and committed to succeed as OMSE,” said Jordan. “Andreas is a great guy and he has big plans for the future, hopefully this can be the start of a more long term relationship.”
The Red Bull athlete will also join OMSE in a testing and development role, along with being its asphalt driver coach for the team’s permanent drivers. He will work alongside double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm, who will be the team’s gravel coach.
“I’m looking forward to working with Marcus Gronholm. It’s important for the team to move forward as the sport grows, my role will be to work on the development of the cars and with the team’s drivers on their asphalt driving. Hopefully in testing I can bring something to the party, even if it’s just another opinion. When testing starts there will be a lot to be done, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Jordan won the MSA British Rallycross Supercar Championship in 2007 before moving to Touring Car racing. He believes he can be right on the pace at Lydden Hill on May 24-25.
“It will be hard to take on the full-time guys, but I think we can show very well. I certainly hope to be right up there on pace. Lydden is a circuit that should suit my style.
A fan of rallycross as much as anyone else, Jordan is keen to help push the sport forward; “I’m very passionate about rallycross. I will work hard with IMG to do what I can to promote the event at Lydden. Since it doesn’t clash, hopefully we can attract some Touring Car fans to see what the sport is all about.”
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