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Sam Tordoff confident of more BTCC success at Snetterton

Wednesday, July 29 2015

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title contender Sam Tordoff is full of confidence heading to Snetterton, where the championship returns next weekend (8/9 August) after the summer break.

The Yorkshireman has good reason to feel happy, having won at each of the last two meetings at Oulton Park and Croft. These followed a long wait for his first victory since switching from MG to the title winning WSR team.

"It was a relief," he admitted. "We had a difficult start to the season, but we've been making huge progress and coming on leaps and bounds, and I think how we finished the first half of the season off at Croft just really highlighted how far we've come, and we've still quite miraculously catapulted ourselves back in the championship."

Sam's now just 33 points off the title lead and there are 67 on offer at Snetterton. He thinks he can close the gap in the second half of the season. "I just think it's all happening at the right time now," he said. "We've got some good things coming, hopefully some engine improvements which will help our straight line deficit, and we seem to be working around the changes to ballast, so it's coming along nicely.

Croft also represented a turning point for the team, with all three WSR drivers taking victories in the BMW 125i M-Sport. "It was nice to go into the summer break on the back of a bit of success, and everyone can relax a bit and enjoy what a good weekend that was. We didn't really expect to dominate the way we did; the car has always been good there, but there has been a lot of regulation changes for this year."

"If you look to the second half of the season, we've got some tracks that suit the BMW coming up. I think here will be good, and we'll be fighting for the first few rows, so I would much rather be doing this well with the second half of the season to go."

Snetterton has also been kind to Sam, and he took his maiden BTCC victory on the 300 circuit: ""I've won here in everything I've ever driven," he said. "It is my most successful circuit across my car racing career, so I want to do that again in this car and judged on Colin [Turkington's] form last year, the car is good around here."

The next round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is at Snetterton on 8/9 August. Tickets are available from £26, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.