Motorsport: Tordoff’s targeting a return to podium at Oulton Park

Sam Tordoff.  PIC: DENNIS GOODWIN.
Sam Tordoff. PIC: DENNIS GOODWIN.
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Leeds driver Sam Tordoff will be looking to bounce back this weekend at Oulton Park after a difficult British Touring Car Championship meeting at Thruxton last time out.

After claiming a maiden victory of the season at Donington, where he claimed two podium finishes, the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save driver struggled at Thruxton claiming only 9th, 11th and 10th place finishes.

But a determined Tordoff “is raring to go” and is looking to get back to winning ways at the Cheshire circuit tomorrow. The track has been extended since last year’s meeting and the 25-year-old feels that this will favour MG.

He said: “The track is longer now and there’s parts of it which look really exciting. This track definitely suits our car.”

Tordoff is looking to finish “up at the sharp end” tomorrow after problems in his last race. He said: “Last time out was very difficult (at Thruxton) and we dont know why as of yet.

“Jason (team-mate Plato) was poor as well so we believe that it was a problem with the cars.”

Tordoff performed admirably at Oulton last year, finishing 2nd to Fifth Gear presenter Plato in race 10 before a poor choice of tyre saw him slip down the standings.

Tordoff has remained in high spirits despite his problems at Thruxton, joking that the Hampshire venue is a “bogey track,” and plans on building on 2013 by finishing in the top five this term.

He said: “It won’t be easily achievable (getting into the top five) as there are now seven previous champions making up a very competitive field but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Sam finished second in the first race and topped the podium in race two at Donington earlier this season but apart from those two performances Tordoff’s next highest finish is ninth.

Asked whether he is under more scrutiny this time round, the Leeds man said: “There is always pressure. I race for Triple 888 and they expect nothing less than wins which is the same for MG and Tesco.”

After flourishing last year in BTCC and coming sixth in the overall standings and being crowned best rookie, Tordoff insists he is using last year as a “positive to improve himself this year to do even better.”

He also believes his veteran team-mate Plato has added a “huge amount” to his game. Plato has finished in the top three nine times in his illustrious career, winning two BTTC titles and many observers believe that with the guidance of his MG team-mate it won’t be long before Tordoff will be a champion in his own right.

Tordoff added: “Plato has won more BTCC races than anyone in the history of the sport (86) and is always at the sharp end. This means I have good data to compare against and I can see where he may be faster than me. He is also very good at developing a car from all his years as a Manufacturer-backed driver and this is definitely an area which was new to me.”

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