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Sam Tordoff: "Snetterton suits me and the MG"

Wednesday, July 23 2014

MG's Sam Tordoff is optimistic of a good start to the second half of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, which kicks off at Snetterton next month (2/3 August).

The Leeds youngster has good memories of the Norfolk circuit, having claimed his maiden BTCC victory there last year. Despite taking another win at Donington Park earlier this season, he admits that it's been a tough campaign so far.

"We've struggled in places," he said. "We've been to a couple of bad tracks that the car's not suited to. I think the field has tightened up and the competition's stronger, so if you're not quite on form then it looks worse than you actually are. Having said that, we're coming to some of the circuits, Snetterton being the first, where the car is really strong, so I would hope that we are back up at the sharp end."

With MG confident of good results, there is the possibility that Sam will need to back up team mate Jason Plato's title ambitions, especially with Honda's Matt Neal having pledged to do the same for Gordon Shedden: "Potentially," Sam admits when questioned on this. "He's still a little off the top but he's kept himself in the mix, and we need to now score points where the car is good."

Sam has an excellent record at Snetterton. Not only did he break his BTCC duck there, but he also recorded victories in the supporting Porsche Carrera Cup and Renault Clio Cup categories, the latter on the older circuit layout.

Sam confesses to being a fan of the track: "I loved it before and with the additions it has just got better. I like the flow of the circuit, it's really nice to drive, and now that it's quite a long lap it's really challenging. I think with the changes they've kept all of the famous difficult corners - Coram, under the bridge and the back straight, but the new bit is quite technical and it's a good mix that suits me and the car. Under the bridge (Brundle to Nelson) is probably one of my favourite corners, it's fantastic."

With a five-week break between rounds, the wait is almost over for Sam, not that he has had time to think about it: "I've been flat out with work," he confessed. "The non-glamorous side to being a racing driver is that I'm also an accountant!"

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.