Sam Tordoff: “I’m Really Happy I Made WSR Decision”


Sam Tordoff admitted to TCF that he feels satisfied with his winter move to West Surrey Racing, following on from a second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win of the 2015 season most recently at Croft.

Tordoff moved up to fourth place in the championship table after concluding the opening half of the current BTCC campaign in fine style, Oulton Park race three success backed up by pole position and a second victory in as many meetings at his most local circuit, Croft.

Although the first three meetings in his new environment were truncated and plagued at times by – as Tordoff himself stated – “bad luck”, WSR’s new recruit now appears settled with his rear-wheel drive switch and admits that he now feels in a good position mentally.

Tordoff’s former outfit, Triple Eight, have yet to pick up their first win 15 races into the 2015 season, Jack Goff and Andrew Jordan both netting personal best results of second place.

Two wins came Tordoff’s way in the MG6 GT over his maiden duo of BTCC seasons as his then team-mate Jason Plato fought for the championship – the same number of victories that have come his way in the last four races with new squad, WSR.

Summarising the first half of his season, Tordoff told The Checkered Flag of his new environment: “I’m really enjoying myself right now.

“I look down the pitlane at the struggles of other people and I feel really happy about the decision that I made.”

In his last four races with WSR, Tordoff has matched his previous win tally from two years at MG (Photos: btcc.net)

While team-mates Rob Collard and Andy Priaulx kicked off the season with a victory and pole position respectively at the opening meeting at Brands Hatch, Tordoff admitted that progress has picked up from a steady start.

“It took a bit longer than I thought to be honest”, Tordoff added when referring to his first WSR podium at Thruxton. “Circumstances played against us – I never seemed to get the run of the mill. Now it’s changed.”

WSR and BMW’s charge is now headed by the Bradford-born driver, who jumped up to fourth place and just 33 points adrift of series leader, Gordon Shedden.

He himself remains coy about a potential championship challenge from the reigning Teams’ Champions, but insists that BMW still have circuits coming up that will suit them more than their competitors.

“I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet, I just need to keep on doing what I need to do now”, added Tordoff, who returns next to the Snetterton circuit which played host to his first pole position and BTCC win back in 2013.

“There’s still a lot of BMW-friendly circuits coming up, so I wouldn’t count us out of the championship yet.

“I’m getting better and better and the car is coming to me all the time. It has been doing so in the last couple of rounds so we’re looking really good.”