‘Options Open’ For Sam Tordoff For BTCC 2015


Sam Tordoff explains that he has a number of options available to him for the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, as the jostle for a secure seat in the series next season continues following the recent conclusion of the 2014 campaign.

The former Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Renault UK Clio Cup front-runner endured a mixed second BTCC campaign, plagued more often than not by mechanical gremlins during 2014 although continuing to impress in his switch to the UK’s premier tin-top series.

“We’ve got some options down the paddock. Luckily I’ve got some loyal sponsors who want to stay on board for next year.”

Tordoff ended the season seventh in the championship as his Triple Eight Engineering MG6 squad snatched the Manufacturers’ Championship crown away from Honda, collecting a victory at Donington and consecutive pole positions at Knockhill and Rockingham, alongside team-mate Jason Plato who finished runner-up to eventual champion, Colin Turkington.

The Leeds driver admitted to The Checkered Flag that he has several options on the table for next season as the scramble for a seat in 2015 already begins, TBL licences set to be hard fought-over with Infiniti joining the grid and the likes of Ciceley RacingAmD Tuning and Rotek Racing all telling of their intentions to introduce second cars for next year.

“We’re all in the shop window for next year, looking towards 2015, drives and what is available”, Tordoff explained to TCF, having ended 2014 with two visits to the podium and a trio of top-four finishes in a competitive final meeting at Brands Hatch GP.

Tordoff took six podiums in 2014 (Photo: btcc.net)
Tordoff took six podiums in 2014 (Photo: btcc.net)

“You’ve got to put yourself in the best position and I think we did just that by being at the front all weekend.

“We’ve got some options down the paddock. Luckily I’ve got some loyal sponsors who want to stay on board for next year, so that’s all more or less sorted.

“I just need to decide where I want to be before I put pen to paper now really.”

Tordoff kept his options open with the future of his team-mate Plato uncertain, the double champion stating he would prefer a switch to rear-wheel drive machinery following a debate during the season over parity with front-wheel drive rivals.

The performance of today’s more recently-introduced machinery has caught the eye of Tordoff, with victories coming the way of Volkswagen on two occasions under Aron Smith and BMR RacingAdam Morgan likewise earning Mercedes a trip to the top step in BTCC with success at the Brands Hatch GP finale’s second race.

Tordoff commented: “There are a few quick teams in the BTCC paddock and certainly a few new teams which are getting quicker and quicker.

“The likes of the [VW] Passats and the Mercedes A-Class are getting faster each week, so there’s lots of potential out there to consider.”

Sam Tordoff’s 2014 In Numbers:

Wins

1

Podiums

6

Top-5 Finishes

9

Pole Positions

2

DNFs

3

Photo: btcc.net
Photo: btcc.net
  • JFK

    Tordoff could stay with the 888 MGs or could enter into another team maybe with the brand new Mini Copper 5 door.