One of Britain's brightest young racing talents has joined the MG KX Momentum Racing team as team-mate to Jason Plato.

Sam Tordoff has been racing since he was ten years old and making it to the BTCC represents the culmination of a lifetime ambition. Replacing Andy Neate in the line-up, he will race one of Triple 888 Engineering's award-winning MG6 GT that Plato took so close to the 2012 crown, after graduating from the Porsche Carrera Cup.

The coming season won't mark Tordoff's first appearance in the BTCC, after he debuted on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in 2010, but will be a full-time return for the Leeds youngster, who began racing karts as a boy and worked his way up ladder via the Renault Clio Cup and Carrera Cup.

"I'm thrilled to be joining Jason, Ian [Harrison] and the rest of the team and I'm determined to do well - even if it means beating Jason!" Tordoff commented.

Last year, Tordoff - who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works as a trainee accountant with the JCT600 motor group - won a place at the Plato-mentored KX Akademy, the bursary programme set up by the KX energy drink brand that sponsors the MG team.

"Sam's a great young talent and brings a lot to our team," Plato explained, "He's a fast learner and it will be great to see him alongside me on the podium - but I'm planning to be on the top step."