Former champion Andrew Jordan will not contest the 2020 British Touring Car Championship campaign after parting company with Team BMW. 

Jordan was set to continue with the West Surrey Racing BMW squad for the 2020 season, but the 2013 BTCC champion has been forced to vacate his race seat with the reigning champions, due to the impact of Coronavirus pandemic.

The 31-year old finished runner-up in the drivers' standings to his BMW team mate Colin Turkington last season, taking more victories than anyone else in the process with six wins to his name in 2019.

WSR issued a short statement regarding Jordan's departure: "Team BMW and WSR regret to announce that driver Andrew Jordan has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2020 British Touring Car Championship.

"We would like to thank Andrew for his immense contribution to our BTCC success story, which includes 10 race wins, three Manufacturers’ titles and the runner-up spot in last year’s Drivers’ Championship, and to wish him the very best for the future."

WSR boss Dick Bennetts expressed his sorrow over Jordan's departure from the BMW squad.

“AJ has made a huge contribution to our BTCC success since 2017 - coming so close to winning last year’s title - and we’re sorry to be losing him. On behalf of all at WSR and Team BMW, we thank him for our seasons together and wish him well for the future.”

As it stands, Jordan's departure has left WSR with two drivers for when the season kicks off at Donington Park on the first weekend of August, with reigning four-time champion Colin Turkington lining up alongside Tom Oliphant for a second campaign.

 

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