2017 has been yet another exciting year for the rising British star, who has added further to the list of records he has broken. In 2015, in only his first year out of junior karting, he broke numerous records in the United States of America (USA), as well as earning the accolade of being the youngest ever British racing driver, to win in a single seat racing car anywhere in the world.
The following year in 2016, he became the youngest ever driver to finish on the podium in the Mazda Road to Indy Programme in the USA, although 2017 presented a much tougher challenge as he moved back to the UK, and into the highly competitive and respected British Formula 3 series.
As he has found in the two previous years, Jordan’s meteoric rise has held him back, because once again due to his age, he had to miss the opening rounds totalling six races, whilst he waited for his 16th birthday. Just four days later Jordan again became the youngest ever driver to race in British Formula 3 Championship, before following up his debut the next day, when he astounded everyone by taking his maiden Formula 3 race victory, setting yet another record onto his already impressive and growing race CV. It was a victory that made him the youngest ever winner in the history of the very competitive Formula 3 series.
Jordan subsequently went on to secure another four podiums in his rookie UK season, including two more victories in the remaining races, an achievement made all the more impressive, as he was competing against second and third year Formula 3 drivers!
‘It was an amazing start to the season,” he said, “and to get the win on my debut was amazing. We had some issues pre-season, and I switched teams to Douglas Motorsport just two weeks before my first race, which was far from ideal as we hadn’t time to do any testing. It proved to be the right decision.
“The first round at Snetterton I was confident we could do well, but to be honest I was very nervous. Everyone I was racing against was older, more experienced, had done far more testing in their car’s, and they had already started the season, so I was playing catch up. Starting race two from pole I knew I needed a good start and to get to the first corner in the lead. Fortunately I did and from there just concentrated on minimising mistakes. By the end of the race I had opened up a large gap and from the outside it looked a comfortable win, but to be honest I was shaking on the podium.
“The following three rounds, however, did not go to plan. At Silverstone I was taken out in the first race. Then at Spa we had engine issues, and again at Brands Hatch I was taken out again, so we had to re-group. We wanted to show in the remaining races what we could do.
“I think we did a decent job finishing the last six races with a further two wins, a 2nd and a 3rd place, with only Enaam Ahmed, who won the championship, scoring more points in the last two rounds of the year.
Not surprisingly Jordan has now been earmarked, should he return for another season, as the British F3 title favourite for 2018 by several motorsport publications. So much so that further discussions will be held over the next few weeks to decide his plans for next season.
Early preparation has started with Jordan heading to Catalunya (Spain), Nürburgring (Germany), and Spa-Franchorchamps (Belgium), testing the Formula Renault 2.0. It is a series that is widely regarded as the most competitive series in the world. Should Jordan commit to this series, it will see him race next year at those venues, plus Hockenheim (Germany), Red Bull Ring (Austria), Monza (Italy), Silverstone in the UK during the Formula 1 weekend, with two support races around the streets of the iconic Monaco Grand Prix.
“It’s a difficult decision to walk away from the very realistic possibility of being a British Champion next year. Douglas Motorsport has been great and I would have no hesitation racing with them again next year, but we have to consider what is better for my longer-term career. I know that sounds strange, especially as I am now just old enough to go into my first full season of racing, but motorsport is extremely expensive. Although I am very fortunate to be racing at the level I am now, to progress further I need to attract support from either manufacturers, or from sponsors, and to get that backing you need to race at the highest level. I need to race against and beat the best. To be honest we might struggle to be able to afford to compete in Formula Renault, and we are trying to get sponsorship, but it’s not as easy as people think.”
2018 will be a very exciting year whatever Jordan decides to do. Hopefully he will gain the support he needs to continue his rapid rise in the sport. What he has achieved so far is quite remarkable, not only by being younger and less experienced than those he is beating, but doing it with very little testing and budget when compared to the bigger race teams with larger budgets.
Goliaths though can be beaten!