West Surrey Racing will not give up on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2015 says Sam Tordoff, despite bad luck denting the BMW driver’s title quest at Knockhill.
Second on the grid behind team-mate Andy Priaulx after qualifying at the Fife circuit, Tordoff and WSR looked set to make ground in the championship on their rivals once again, the Leeds driver surviving a brush with the barriers in Saturday’s session.
After battling from seventh back to fourth in race one on harder Dunlop tyres, Tordoff was victim to misfortune later in the day, a puncture ruining his second encounter before a charge up to fifth place came to nothing in the last after contact in a congested battle.
“It’s case of what might have been for me really”, Tordoff said after a Sunday to forget in Scotland.
“The car was absolutely fantastic and we had the pace to win races so to walk away with only a fourth place is a little disappointing.”
Despite the double disappointment that leaves him now 43 points adrift of series leader Jason Plato, Tordoff took positives from BMW’s consistent pace in recent BTCC meetings, saying that WSR will fight until the very end.
“That just goes to show how great this team is, however, as we believe we can win every weekend”, added the double 2015 race winner.
“It has dented our championship hopes a little but we’ll come out fighting at Rockingham next time out.”
Fourth in the Teams’ Championship, WSR sit a closer third still in the Manufacturers’ Championship, albeit 60 points adrift of leaders, Honda.