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Sam Tordoff makes BTCC comeback with Motorbase Performance

Tuesday, February 13 2018

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title contender Sam Tordoff will return to the series this season in a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS. The championship gets underway at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Tordoff made his BTCC debut in 2013 with MG before switching to WSR two years later. He led the 2016 championship into the final rounds at Brands Hatch before missing out by just two points to Honda's Gordon Shedden.

Announcing a switch to GT racing, Tordoff finished in fifth place in last year's British GT Championship with former BTCC racer Liam Griffin in a Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan. The combination finished on the podium on four occasions, including a brace of second places at Snetterton.

Tordoff will now make his BTCC comeback with the Kent-based Motorbase operation, which recently upgraded to the Ford Focus RS model. The 28-year-old joins fellow BTCC race-winners Mat Jackson and Tom Chilton in one of the series' strongest line-ups.

Tordoff will be racing under the Team GardX Racing banner, with a unique white, blue and orange livery.

"I'm excited to be coming back to the BTCC this year;" said Tordoff. "When I left in 2016 I needed to clear my head and try something new. I wanted to drive a GT3 car and to race around Europe and having done that for a year I've reset and I'm ready to do battle again" added the GardX-backed driver. "I definitely have unfinished business in the BTCC. There's one thing I need to come back for and that's the drivers' title. Having missed out on it by such a close margin, I wanted to come back in a situation that was enjoyable for me and in an environment where I fit in with the team and I've found the perfect solution with Motorbase.

"When I found out David's plan with the new RS, that was the final seal of approval that I needed. They've re-engineered the car and the guys have put in so much work on the new RS to overcome what was lacking in the ST. I'm really confident with the package.

"Front wheel drive is not new to me, but it's been a few years so I'm going to have a bit of transitional phase to get back into the zone again;" Tordoff added; "but I wouldn't be coming back or working with Motorbase if I didn't think we could win the title, it's as simple as that."

"Sam is a great addition to the team;" added Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum. "He's a quality driver, with a proven winning track record. He's a multiple-time race winner and did a great job in his four previous seasons racing in the BTCC as well as in the British GT's last year.

"Sam stepped away from the BTCC at the peak of his career to go off and do something else, he's got that out of his system now and he's ready to come back and fight for the drivers' title. I'm very proud of the fact that he's chosen Motorbase as the team to come back and carry on where he left off in 2016."

Tickets for all MSV BTCC rounds in 2018 are on sale now, with free admission for under-13s. For a list of all events, click here.