Jordan vows to come back stronger after title dreams end in tyre wall

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RACER Jordan Stilp finished second in the Ma5da Cup Championship after a crash in the final round ended his chances of securing the crown.

Jordan, from Potterspury, needed 16 points going into the final race of the season at Croft to put himself in contention for the title.

He made a stunning start to the weekend, gaining pole in qualifying and then going on to win both races on the first day. And in the process he obliterated the track record in the first race, lapping the course in 1m 38.393s.

Jordan’s points total for that day was a fantastic 13, meaning he only needed to beat his championship rival by three points in the final race on Sunday to take the trophy.

The grid was reversed for the last race of the weekend, meaning Jordan had to start from seventh place. After making up several positions on the first lap, disaster struck on lap two.

Racing in close quarters with his opponents, another car collided with his as he was making his way through the pack. Jordan stuck to the racing line, but as is often the case in touring cars, almost anything can happen, and unfortunately for Jordan it was not his day as he was hurtled into the tyre wall.

With so much damage done to his car, Jordan was unable to continue in the race, meaning he had to watch on from the sideline as his championship rival took home the prize.

He said: “It was unfortunate that my last race had to finish like that. It happens in racing – but I’d just hoped for a better result.”

After his second place finish, and his third place last year, Jordan is not sure what lies ahead for next season, and where he’ll be racing next.

“I’m looking forward to 2013,” he said. “But I’m not sure which Championship to go for at the moment.

“There are plenty of doors to knock on, so I’m just keeping my options open for now. But I will be winning for sure – it’s what I’m good at, and what I live for.

“But whatever I decide to do, 2013 is going to be a good year for me.”