2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champions West Surrey Racing have announced Sam Tordoff as the first of its three driver signings for the 2015 BTCC season.

The 25 year-old switches to the team - which won the 2014 drivers' title with Colin Turkington - after an eye-catching two seasons with MG, where he notched up four pole positions, 12 podiums and two race wins.

For 2015, however, the youngster will switch to the rear wheel-drive, WSR-prepared BMW 125i M Sport in an attempt to emulate the success of Turkington, who largely dominated en route to his second career title.

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"I am delighted to be joining WSR," he said. "They've just won four different titles in 2014 - including Colin Turkington's drivers' championship - so I believe I am joining the best team on the grid.

"I've got to know some of the team already and the work ethic at WSR fits perfectly with mine. They're an extremely professional outfit that plan meticulously to win, so I can't wait to get started. I've had two good seasons in the BTCC but now is the time for me to mount a championship challenge and I feel I'm now at the best place to do exactly that."

One of three drivers WSR plans to run in 2015, despite the loss to title sponsor eBay, team principal Dick Bennetts expects Tordoff to be a successful addition to the team

"We've watched Sam's development closely over the last few years and he's progressed extremely well in the BTCC.

"I have enjoyed working with emerging talents throughout my career and we believe Sam has the ability to become a champion in the future. Everyone in the team is delighted with his signing and we welcome him to West Surrey Racing, where we hope together we can enjoy great success."

Turkington, Rob Collard and Nick Foster drove for eBay BMW in 2014, though none have confirmed their drives for 2015.