6 September 2014
BTCC Rockingham: Tordoff keen to convert pole to wins
Sam Tordoff: The car is good here. We knew from last year, we locked out the front row, we're quick straight out of the box and it was just a case of refining it.
Rockingham pole-man Sam Tordoff says he and MG have to aim for three-victories tomorrow following the Triple Eight driver's inspired BTCC qualifying form.
MG enjoyed a complete whitewash of proceedings at the Rockingham circuit on Saturday after topping every session including Tordoff's impressive run to the pole-position.
Tordoff and team mate Jason Plato immediately got the hammer down in qualifying to send their KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6's to the top of the pile. While Tordoff stayed there, even Plato could not replicate his younger colleagues searing pace and was demoted by BTCC leader Colin Turkington to second.
Surprised by the five-tenth gap to Turkington and Plato, Tordoff admitted getting that early run in the bag ultimately gave him his second pole-position in as many races given the circuit conditions.
“Yeah, very happy with pole-position,” Tordoff told crash.net. “Didn't expect to be half a second up the road, but I'll definitely take it. We got a good lap in early on and the track was definitely quicker at the start of the session, so it was important to get a good lap together early on.
“It was strange how the track changed actually. Nobody could get anywhere close after that, including myself. We didn't change anything on the car and yet the balance shifted, just with the way the track evolved, that made it important to get in there early – I'm thrilled.
“The car is good here. We knew last year, we locked out the front row, we're quick straight out of the box and it was just a case of refining it.”
Looking ahead to race day, Tordoff remains weary of the Honda threat, led by Gordon Shedden, behind along with the ever-dangerous BMW of Turkington.
“Yeah, we have to aim for three-victories as a team,” Tordoff continued.
“We've got reasonable race pace. I think thee Honda's might come back into it in the race whereas Colin's going to be a bit of an unknown quantity. He's carrying 45 kilos of ballast, so that is going to hurt him but, nevertheless, he will be up there at the sharp end.
“I think I've just got to get off the line well. I may or may not enter turn two in the lead, it's a long run there and obviously Colin might have a bit of an advantage. We'll just see what comes. It's no big deal if I drop into second place; I'll go with that, sit on his bumper and see what happens.
“Three long races tomorrow, but the important thing is we've given ourselves the best possible chance.”
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