Sam Tordoff said that a bold move to grab the lead at the first corner was key to his victory in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park.
After a comfortable second place in the opening encounter in Cheshire, the Leeds racer made a strong start in the second to draw alongside Colin Turkington heading into Old Hall for the first time.
A late-braking move around the outside put him ahead of the Northern Irishman’s Subaru Levorg, into a lead he would not lose to claim not only his first win of the season, but a five-point championship lead over Matt Neal.
“I think it was made at the start, really. I knew if I didn’t do it there then it was me finishing second”, Tordoff told The Checkered Flag after his podium celebrations.
“I didn’t think I had enough in the initial getaway phase to get past so I thought I’d gamble and slice across, and it worked. We can now approach race three slightly differently and consolidate after two strong races.”
Another encouraging factor for the West Surrey Racing man to ponder was the manner that the BMW 125i handled its tyres in the scorching temperatures at Oulton Park.
“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen for two reasons. Obviously we were carrying weight, and the Subarus were really strong in the second half of the first race,” said Tordoff.
“I got into the lead and I was waiting to see what would happen, because maybe in the second half of the race they would come back at me and I’d need an answer for it.
“The car was very good and the tyres didn’t degrade at all.”
The reverse grid race takes place at 16.57 BST, Neal starting from pole position ahead of Triple Eight Racing’s Josh Cook.
Tordoff admitted that his initial weekend plans were coming to fruition after the opening two races, adding: “The plan was to come here and qualify well, not carrying much weight. We had to smash the first two races because we are running the soft tyre in race three.
“The plan is working perfectly and anything we can get in race three is the cherry on the cake.”