Sam Tordoff has announced he is stepping down from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship to pursue other opportunities in motorsport.
The 27-year-old narrowly missed out on the 2016 BTCC title to Gordon Shedden in October, having collected two wins for West Surrey Racing along the way.
Tordoff admitted he would keep an open mind regarding his future following Finals Day at Brands Hatch, the former MG and BMW driver a qualified accountant by day working within his father’s JCT600 company.
On the decision and his future motorsport plans, Tordoff said: “Firstly I would like to put on record what a fabulous time I have had racing on the TOCA package for the last 8 years.
“I’ve won races in all the Championship’s I’ve raced in and have driven for some great teams such as Total Control Racing, Team Parker Racing and latterly with West Surrey Racing and BMW who are, without doubt, the best team in the BTCC Paddock and I leave with great memories and a heavy heart.
“However, my success on the track this year has presented me with new opportunities that are too good to miss. I am now really looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead with some exciting plans in place and I should be able to reveal the first of these in the coming weeks.”
“In the meantime, I will continue to love and watch the BTCC and let me be the first to say, I will always leave the door ajar for a return in the future.”
In four years of racing in BTCC, Tordoff has enjoyed six wins, 26 Podiums, four Pole Positions and 10 Fastest Laps.