Sam Tordoff has high hopes for Brands Hatch this weekend as he gets set to make his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship return.

Back on the BTCC grid after a season away, the 2016 runner-up has teamed up with Motorbase Performance to drive a Ford Focus RS under the Team GardX Racing banner.

Tackling British GT and selective events in Europe last year, the 28-year-old admits he always intended to return to Britain’s premier race series.

“I needed to go away for a year at the end of 2016 and hit the reset button,” Tordoff told BTCC Crazy during Media Day. “I did just that and went and did some GT racing, however I found out that I didn’t like sharing a car too much.

“Coming back to the BTCC was always the goal as it is the place to be for both myself and all of my sponsors; it feels like home. The championship is in a really strong position at the moment and you just have to look down the entry list to see how competitive it is – it’s the place to be.”

Having completed plenty of testing with the team, both abroad and in the UK, the Yorkshireman enters the opening round of the season quietly confident of what can be achieved – especially following the official pre-season test at Media Day where he set the fourth fastest time.

He continued: “Testing has gone well and I’ve gelled with all of the team and the car quickly. We’ve done a lot of work over the past month and a half, trying out things to see what works and what doesn’t, so that when we come to the race weekend’s we have a good base to work from. 

“I’m heading to Brands Hatch feeling confident. The car is in the sweet-spot and will work well around there. If I can come away with three solid points finishes and show that we are on the pace then I will be happy.”

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