Sam Tordoff has stated that he has unfinished business in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as he makes his return to the series this year.

Joining Motorbase Performance to drive a Ford Focus RS under the Team GardX Racing banner, the Yorkshireman has his sights set on lifting the coveted drivers’ title.

In 2016, the 28-year-old enjoyed a stellar season to lead the championship heading into the season finale. Then driving for West Surrey Racing, Tordoff narrowly missed out winning the coveted crown to Gordon Shedden.

Stepping away for a season to compete in the British GT Championship, Tordoff re-joins the BTCC grid with his sights firmly set on clinching the big prize.

“When I left in 2016 I needed to clear my head and try something new. I wanted to drive a GT3 car and to race around Europe and having done that for a year I’ve reset and I’m ready to do battle again” Tordoff explained.

“I definitely have unfinished business in the BTCC. There’s one thing I need to come back for and that’s the drivers’ title.

“Having missed out on it by such a close margin, I wanted to come back in a situation that was enjoyable for me and in an environment where I fit in with the team and I’ve found the perfect solution with Motorbase.”

Tordoff’s return to the BTCC will also see him get back behind the wheel of a front-wheel-drive car, something he hasn’t done since 2014 when with Triple Eight Racing and MG.

Acknowledging that he will go through a transitional phase as he readjusts, Tordoff has no doubts that both he and the team can’t be title contenders.

He said: “Front wheel drive is not new to me, but it’s been a few years so I’m going to have a bit of transitional phase to get back into the zone again.

“But I wouldn’t be coming back or working with Motorbase if I didn’t think we could win the title, it’s as simple as that.”

Tordoff is set to get his first laps in the car alongside the rest of the team when pre-season testing commences in Spain later this month.