Consistency On Tordoff’s Mind After Knockhill BTCC Podium Brace

Sam Tordoff said he would have “happily taken” the results that came his way at Knockhill, which see him take back the points lead in the 2016 British Touring Car Championship.

A strong weekend in Fife saw the West Surrey Racing driver collect a brace of second place finishes alongside fifth place in race one, moving Tordoff nine points clear of Matt Neal at the head of the Drivers’ Championship.

“To score two second places and a fifth really represents a good weekend”, said Tordoff afterwards.

“If you’d told me those would be my results before the weekend, I’d have happily taken them. It keeps us at the top of the Teams’ Championship and puts me back on top in the Drivers’ Championship by a bigger margin than that at any other point in the season.”

Tordoff had found himself in the thick of a fierce race two battle for victory earlier in the afternoon, a race won by the soft tyre-shod Honda of Neal as rivals tried to find their way by the ballast-laden Subaru Levorg of Jason Plato.

“It was chaos at times”, said Tordoff. “We were all going for it. For a lot of it I just didn’t know where to go!

“We made a few tweaks to the car after race one and it was a different beast. Jason started to struggle with his tyres and it gave me the chance. I was right with him until Matt Neal made his move, then I followed him through at the hairpin – he stuck his nose in where it hurts.”

Consistency was very much on the BMW driver’s mind with three meetings and nine races remaining in 2016, Tordoff concluding: “We keep scoring points and what will be will be.

“There’s a long way to go in the championship so we’re not thinking about the future and we’re not too worried about the long term right now.”