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Sam Tordoff: “Winning at Snetterton would be a nice touch”

Sunday, July 28 2013

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rookie Sam Tordoff is looking for wins at Snetterton next weekend (3/4 August), as the series returns from its summer break. The MG newcomer has exceeded expectations this year and has an excellent record at the Norfolk circuit.

"It's been a great season so far," he said. "I wanted to be in the top ten but I wasn't quite sure how quickly I'd pick it up. Obviously there are some great drivers out there in this championship so I knew it would be tough, but the car's been going really well, every time we get in it we've been getting stronger and stronger, so to be at the halfway point now with a second place and a third already under our belt is great for me."

Sam made a one-off appearance for Triple 8 in 2010, so has some experience of the outfit, but even so it has been a smooth graduation to the BTCC. "The team have been doing a great job," he said. "They've been welcoming me into their environment and I'm getting more and more comfortable with the car now, so I've got big things planned for the second half of the year."

He's also formed a good relationship with team leader Jason Plato, and this has been key to the MG's development as much as Sam's: "I'm in a perfect position, no-one's  won more races than Jason, so to have that knowledge and experience at my disposal is great. We get on really well and we share all our feedback as a team, and I do a lot of the development work for him and he trusts my feedback. The important thing for me is to learn as much as I can off him, because that's the quickest way I'm going to get to the front."

That harmony even extends to when things don't work out as planned, such as the second race at Croft when a poor tyre choice dropped both MGs to the back of the field. Sam's certainly not apportioning blame: "That was a team decision and I was totally in agreement with the call for wet tyres, and if it had have worked then we'd have looked like heroes. Those gambles, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't and that's just the way life is."

Sam's hoping that there will be no need for gambles at Snetterton's summer round, a circuit where he won in both the Renault Clio Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup: "From what we've seen from testing and my results from the past categories, I expect to be on the podium at least and that's the sign of how my expectation has changed over the course of this season. Now every qualifying session we go in, we aim to be on the front row and every race we aim to be on the podium and definitely I feel comfortable on this track. It's treated me well in the past and if I can get back to winning ways at Snetterton that would be a nice touch."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.