If ever proof was needed that the BTCC is one of the most exciting race series on Earth, even the post-season rumour mill is providing riveting entertainment weeks after the final race of the season.
The most prominent news pieces being Andrew Jordan’s departure from Motorbase Performance by “mutual consent” after just one season with the Kent based team, despite helping them to their first Drivers Championship, and Aiden Moffats test at BMR.
On Jordan’s departure, Motorbase team boss David Bartrum was quoted;
“It’s been a great year for Andrew and the team – securing our first Drivers Championship and his third (Independents’)” .
“It’s a real shame that we won’t be continuing together as we really got on well with Andrew and he settled into the team very well but the decision to part ways has not been taken lightly by either party and is based purely on commercial reasons.
“There are a good deal of things that need to come together to make a deal in the BTCC work,” explains Bartrum. “For a number of reasons, unfortunately a few pieces of the jigsaw currently don’t fit so both we and Andrew need to look at making that work elsewhere.
“I’m very satisfied with the job we did for Andrew and Pirtek this season. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Andrew and his sponsors and wish them well.”
Andrew Jordan himself stated;
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Motorbase; they are a fantastic team and I take a huge sense of pride in the fact that I played a part in helping them to secure their first BTCC titles this year.”
“We’ve obviously been in talks with them for some time about 2017, but we have reached the point where it has become apparent that a deal isn’t going to be possible.
“Any deal I do has to be one that works commercially for my sponsors and there were certain things me and my sponsors needed from it, and certain things that the team needed.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to tick all the boxes to make that deal possible, but we split on amicable terms and I wish David and the team all the best for the future.
“On a personal level, while it is a shame that we couldn’t agree a deal with Motorbase, there are some very exciting irons in the fire for 2017.
“Talks are ongoing about a programme that would be fantastic for both myself, as well as for Pirtek and my other sponsors. I’m certainly very confident that we will be able to build on the success that we have enjoyed this year when the new season comes around.”
Jordan and Pirtek Racing have confirmed that they are eyeing new opportunities for 2017, something that can’t be said for Championship runner-up Sam Tordoff. The WSR BMW driver twice last season hinted at hanging up his infamous pink helmet and is yet to clarify his postion within the BTCC for 2017.
Will we be seeing a Pirtek liveried 1 series next year? Or maybe even a Pirtek Mercedes Benz?
Aiden Moffat whipped the internet gossip into a foaming frenzy this week when he was spied testing a BMR Subaru Levorg at Donington Park. Social media erupted with “Moffat keeps his options open for 2017″ headlines and the gossip immediately turned to whether Warren Scott or James Cole would be replaced at BMR.
Moffat was quick to pour water on the hearsay fires after he posted on his Facebook page;
” Enjoyed testing the RWD BTCC Subaru today, which has caused a frenzy of stories to circulate on the Internet, some of them a little inaccurate! Don’t worry, Laser Tools Racing fans, we are only assessing car options for Laser Tools Racing, and me and the team are really looking forward to 2017″
A Laser Tools Levorg would look amazing but this BTCC fan thinks another Subaru on the grid would be a little too much.
Moffat said of his day out with BMR,
“It’s only right that you consider all the available opportunities and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We will be keeping all of our sponsors next year, which is testament to the efforts we’ve made and indeed the appeal of the series.
“The Mercedes is a great car and one we know very well, but the Subaru has already shown its potential, so we’ll see what develops after today’s session.”
He continued to say,
“I really enjoyed it.” “It was my first time in a rear-wheel drive BTCC car so there was quite a lot to get my head around. I had to change my driving style a little, but we expected that, and overall I adapted extremely well to it.”
There’s still a lot of speculation in the air and 2017 is looking to be another fantastic year for the British Touring Car Championship.
(Image credit BTCC.net)