Sam Tordoff took two points finishes on home turf last weekend, battling his way back from a tricky start to the fourth Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship meeting of the year at Croft, North Yorkshire (June 15/16).
Setting a promising early top 4 pace in both of Saturday mornings free practice sessions, Tordoff looked set to secure another strong qualifying position. The Yorkshireman, however, fell foul of the interrupted late afternoon run.
After sitting out much of the session with no fewer than 5 red flags, the JCT600-backed racer was stranded in the pit-lane between the 4th and 5th flags when the #600 Honda Civic Type R failed to start – leaving him unable to set a fast lap before the session was brought to an early end.
Starting from P26, an early fight back for the JCT600-backed racer saw him make up an incredible 10 places by the midway point of the opening race. Looking set for a move into the points-scoring zone on the next lap, he was forced to take avoiding action at the final hairpin as Jelley and Morgan came together. Driven wide, the #600 Civic Type R collected debris from the muddy track and was required to pit to clear the debris, eventually ending the race in P23.
Running on the less-favourable hard compound tyre for race 2, the Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance racer showed true Yorkshire grit to make his way through the field on the narrow circuit, breaking into the points-scoring zone to take the flag in P15.
Tricky racing conditions in the final contest of the day provided little chance of progress on the greasy circuit. Tordoff’s drive forward continued, however, and he managed to push the Civic Type R up into 13th at the final flag to collect his second haul of points from the weekend.
Rueing what might have been once more, Tordoff currently lies in seventh place in the Independent standings, with the Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance second in the Independent Teams’ championship.
“It was a great shame that our weekend was ruined in Qualifying on Saturday;” commented Tordoff.
“The car had shown fantastic pace throughout practice and we were confident of a front row qualifying spot. Unfortunately, a mechanical failure prevented us from setting a lap and starting at the back of a BTCC grid is a near-impossible task.
“We came forward and rescued the weekend with some points but it was far from our expectation. Overall yet another hugely frustrating weekend and absolutely not where I expect to be.”
Oulton Park is the next circuit on the BTCC calendar, as the opening half of the season comes to close with rounds 13, 14 and 15 on the Cheshire circuit on June 29/30.