Sam Tordoff Makes Amends With Race Two Win At Croft


Sam Tordoff made amends in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race from Croft, taking a comfortable victory to make it two from two for West Surrey Racing.

The Leeds driver started from pole position for the second time on Sunday and again held onto his advantage when the lights went out, heading race one winner, Andy Priaulx.

Unlike race one when a small mistake cost him the victory, Tordoff pulled clear to claim his second victory of the season by a comfortable cushion of 2.3s to make it a double win for WSR after their earlier 1-2-3.

Tordoff headed a pair of Team BMR Volkswagen CCs, Jason Plato enjoying a much kinder encounter from third on the grid before lunging up the inside of Priaulx’s BMW 125i at Tower Bend on lap three for second.

Plato’s team-mate Colin Turkington was quick to pounce on the battle and moved up into third spot ahead of Priaulx at the Esses, before keeping Independent winner Plato honest in the final five laps as the pair completed the podium.

Gordon Shedden‘s run to fifth place was more eventful, making his move on Rob Collard‘s WSR BMW at Tower for fifth place on lap 11. Collard fought back and the duo made contact heading towards the Esses numerous times, almost ending in tears before the Honda emerged ahead.

Collard tried to fight back, but had to settle for sixth ahead of Rob Austin‘s Audi A4, the impressive Tom Ingram (Toyota), Adam Morgan (Mercedes) and Jack Goff (MG) who rounded out the top 10.

Matt Neal spent nine laps battling to pass Andrew Jordan‘s Triple Eight MG for 11th place, the position of which the Honda man finished while Jordan slipped to 14th by the flag.

Aiden Moffat was delayed by an off at turn one, but that was mere compared to the impact that Josh Cook suffered when his Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze speared into the barriers at the same corner on lap 14.

Max Coates was last of the 27 finishers, although his Infiniti suffered from high water temperature that dropped him out of contention.

The top six cars will be reversed for race three of the day, meaning that Collard will start from pole and resume his battle with Shedden who starts alongside him.