Sam Tordoff celebrated a welcome return to the rostrum at the weekend with a huge haul of points during rounds 16,17 and 18 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, in Norfolk (August 3-4).
Claiming his third podium of the year, and forth Independent race win in the #600 Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Honda, Tordoff’s weekend of strong results have helped to boost him up the championship standings.
Carrying his enviable qualifying record into the second half of his BTCC campaign, the Yorkshireman showed impressive early pace on the 2.99mile circuit during Saturday’s practice sessions. Posting the 3rd fastest lap time of 1:55.023 in qualifying – beating the previous qualifying lap record – Tordoff secured a second-row start for Sunday’s opening race.
Running on the soft-option tyre for race 1, Tordoff was beaten off the line and dropped back down into to 4th place at the first corner. Regaining 3rd position on the fifth tour of the circuit, the GardX-backer delivered a faultless drive to take his 3rd podium finish of the season so far, and fourth Independent race win.
Laden with 42kg of ballast on-board and running the prime/medium tyre in race 2, Tordoff faced a fierce battle from the lighter charging pack. Losing a couple of places in the opening laps, the 30-year-old defended hard against former BTCC-champions Plato and Sutton to bring the Honda Civic Type R home in P5.
Starting from 4th following the reversed grid draw, Tordoff was left to run on less-favourable hard option tyre for the final race of the weekend. Race three would prove to be one of the highlights of the year so far, with classic door-to-door battles throughout the field. The Leeds-based driver fought his own race during the 12 lap contest as he wrestled with the 30kg of ballast, eventually crossing the line in P7, which was later amended to P6 following post-race amendments by the stewards.
“We can be really happy with this weekend. We’ve come away with another good points haul and we’ve moved forward quite a substantial amount in the championship;” commented Tordoff.
“The track has had a lot more grip this weekend. That meant that everything we learned at the test a couple of weeks ago was basically redundant because the track was 2 seconds a lap faster. That made for an interesting Saturday. I was really happy with the job we did in qualifying though. Again, it just goes to show that if you qualify well then you’re at the front and reasonably clear of the carnage.
“I’m also really excited to go back to Thruxton next as we were on pole there and we were fast all weekend. We need to keep this momentum going, but I think all of the stars are aligning.”
Another strong weekend of results and excellent points haul in Norfolk sees Tordoff move up into 11th place in the overall standings and third in the Independent Drivers’ points. His efforts have also helped to cement the Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance squad’s 3rd position in the overall Teams, and take the lead in the Independent Teams championship ahead of the next race meeting at Thruxton on August 17/18.