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Tordoff confident ahead of Oulton Park's summer BTCC party

Wednesday, May 28 2014

MG's Sam Tordoff is keen to get stuck in at Oulton Park next weekend (7/8 June) as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship resumes, racing on the full International circuit for the first time since 1996.

Speaking ahead of the event, Tordoff was enthusiastic about both his and MG team mate Jason Plato's chances on the Cheshire circuit's undulating layout, "Firstly Jason and I both love Oulton Park and that probably means we are able to get the most out of our car. The MG's change of direction is very good which means we are particularly strong through the slow technical chicanes such as Knickerbrook. We have also been working on a stable rear-end which allows us to carry lots of speed through the quick corners such as Druids, Cascades etc without fear of oversteer which is key to a good lap."

Reflecting on last year, Tordoff recognises that this weekend offers his team a great opportunity to collect a large points haul, despite the layout changes from last year, "We qualified 1-2 there last year and finished 1-2 in Race One. The circuit configuration has changed slightly this year but I don't think that will affect us too much."

Following a very strong debut season in 2013, Tordoff readily admits that he hasn't quite reached the level he was expecting in the season's early stages, going on to admit that a change in driving style hampered the early part of the season, "I have been working on Left-foot braking over the winter which is a technique I have not used before in driving race cars. However I endured a tough weekend at Brands Hatch and afterwards it was put down to my new technique that was probably causing more of a hindrance than a benefit. With the times being so close on the Indy circuit, my pace was probably made to look worse than it actually was!

"I went back to my old driving style at Donington Park and well - the results showed! It's a technique I haven't given up on trying to use again in the future but with so little testing time, I don't have the opportunity to learn and refine it other than on race weekends which is far from ideal!"

With the BTCC currently enjoying a golden era of competitiveness, it has become more crucial than ever to start winning early in the season, something that Tordoff was able to do in tricky conditions at Donington Park. "It was important for me to get my win tally off to a start sooner rather than later" he commented, "I had to wait until Snetterton last year and was hopeful they would come sooner this year, and to beat Jason fair and square was extremely good for my confidence."

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