Sam Tordoff says his focus will be about picking up consistent results during his second British Touring Car Championship campaign to tussle over the overall title.
The Leeds racer excelled in his rookie season racing for front-running squad MG KX Momentum Racing during 2013, eventually finishing a fine sixth in the overall standings after also collecting a pole and race victory during the Snetterton weekend.
Speaking to thecheckeredflag at the Autosport International Show, Tordoff said: “Last year was really, really good – better than I would have expected. I got a win, I got a pole and I did not expect to achieve that as I did.”
The former Renault UK Clio Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup GB racer will again compete under backing from the KX Akademy in 2014, after a successful re-application that secures his support from the brand into the new season.
“It’s great to be still a part of the Akademy”, added Tordoff, “and also to be a part of MG KX Momentum Racing.
“It was certainly by no means guaranteed by either, because a lot of people don’t realise that the Akademy is a one-year programme so essentially we all had to re-apply.”
Tordoff looked ahead to his second adventure in BTCC driving the MG6, and did not count out his chances of fighting for the overall championship along with double championship-winning team-mate Jason Plato following his competitive 2013, targeting wins alongside a consistent top-10 finshing streak.
“That’s the aim. There’s no doubt that we’ve got the speed on our day, but the most difficult thing in touring cars is having three races on a weekend where you score good points, because it’s all good and well having a strong first race but, if you crash in the second, then obviously you’re starting from last in race three which happened several times to me last year.
“That’s the biggest thing I’ve got to work on – to accept that sometimes finishing fifth or sixth in race two is a good result. So my aim is to consistently get three top 10 finishes each weekend, and then try and force myself closer to the championship.”
The youngster praised his experienced team-mate’s help during 2013, stating that Plato’s KX Akademy support proved to be a strong accolade to his and Triple Eight‘s continuity.
“Jason was a massive help really; I didn’t know how much he would help, and when we started getting close people thought that he might stop helping me. But he didn’t, and he was a great guy to work with and I’ll still continue to learn from him.
“The best thing about being at Triple Eight is that it is an open book – I can see all of Jason’s data and he can mine, so I can immediately see where I need to improve.”