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Sam Tordoff delighted with near-perfect weekend to take points lead

Sam Tordoff enjoyed what turned out to be a near-perfect weekend at Oulton Park as he stormed to the top of the championship standings.

Stating that rounds 10, 11 and 12 was where his title charge needed to begin, the West Surrey Racing driver produced a stunning display behind the wheel of his BMW 1-Series to now head to Croft with a one-point lead over Matt Neal.

Qualifying third around the Cheshire circuit, Tordoff shadowed Colin Turkington in race one to finish second before taking control in race two. Making a bold move around the outside of the Subaru driver heading into turn one, Tordoff set off into the distance and was never challenged to take the win – becoming the ninth different winner from 11 races at the time.

Rounding out the weekend with a battling display with 75kgs on-board his rear-wheel-drive to take second after a late surge, Tordoff was left elated after notching his best weekend to date in a BTCC machine.

Speaking to BTCC Crazy, Tordoff said: “I had always said that this weekend was where my season really needed to kick on and it has. It was pretty much perfect and I don’t think I have ever had the points haul which I’ve amassed here in my career in the BTCC – everything seemed to click and the car was fantastic.

“I was bold with my overtakes and knew that we had a car which was going to be a force to be reckoned with all weekend. i’ve raised my game at each event and we are in this little pocket of rear-wheel-drive favoured circuits so there is no reason why we can’t continue to push on.

“To be leading the championship is a good feeling even if it is just one point. I’m not worried about carrying the weight at Croft because it is a circuit that suits our car. We are right in the mix now and I’m as confident as I’ve ever been!”

Article originally written on Sunday, 5 June 2016. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.