Tordoff joins Motorbase for BTCC return


Former British Touring Car Championship runner-up Sam Tordoff will return to the series this year with Motorbase Performance.

The six-time BTCC winner, who missed out on the overall crown to Gordon Shedden by two points in 2016, switched to British GT in 2017 to drive a Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan. He finished fourth in the points alongside co-driver Liam Griffin.

However, the 28-year-old has decided to switch his attack back to the British Touring Car Championship this year. He will drive a Gard-X backed car in a different livery to the other two Shredded Wheat-supported Motorbase cars.

“I needed a break from the BTCC to recharge myself after 2016 when I was driving a WSR BMW,” said Tordoff. “I enjoyed GT racing but found it hard to fit in with my schedule as a financial analyst at the JCT600 car dealership group.

“I didn’t even look at the BTCC, but then I started watching races later in the year. I got the itch to compete in it again. I tested a couple of cars [ Audi S3 and Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra] over the winter and that relit the fire. I knew I wanted to come back because there is some unfinished business. To come that close to the title means there is only one goal for me in 2018: to win it outright.

“When I found out Motorbase’s plan with the new RS, that was the final seal of approval I needed.”

Team boss David Bartrum said that he was pleased Tordoff would complete his three-strong line-up.

“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 title,” said Bartrum. “I’m very proud of the fact he’s chosen Motorbase as the team to come back and carry on where he left off in 2016.”

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