The Team JCT600 with GardX racer battled back from an early off-track excursion early in qualifying to set a blistering lap time of 51.823 to move into provisional pole position in the final minutes. The 26-year-old was subsequently relegated to second after his BMW stablemate Andy Priaulx bettered his time seconds later.
After surving his early scare, Tordoff was overjoyed to be starting on the front row; admitting that the rear-wheel-drive BMW 1-Series has changed his perception of Knockhill drastically.
Tordoff told BTCC Crazy: “All things considered, my second place feels like a victory. Having bounced off the wall in the opening three minutes I thought our session was over and still after that when you throw in the red flag and getting rid of a dirty set of tyres I still hadn’t set a time with 20 minutes nearly gone.
“To come back and be second is brilliant as I thought I had blown it. I’m not too fussed about being second despite Andy nabbing it off of me. Driving this car around here has changed my whole outlook on the circuit now.”
Sitting fourth in the championship and 39 points off of the lead, Tordoff is remaining focused on the job in hand at the Fife circuit despite some of his rival struggling.
He said: “Two things need to happen for us; we need a good points haul and we need to nail a good lap in race one. As long I’m in the front gaggle of cars in the opening laps then I’m sure I will be in for a strong day.
“Other may be thinking about damaging limitation like Jason (Plato) but we just have to think about ourselves. My aim is to come away with three podiums or top five finishes.”
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