West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff has retained his fourth place footing in the 2015 British Touring Car Championship race but a catalogue of unplanned incidents restricted further progress at Snetterton.

The former MG driver has been one the main movers within the title fight, of late, after victories at Oulton Park and Croft has propelled Tordoff as the top BMW runner in fourth.

However, Tordoff's Snetterton race day began in the worst fashion possible when he unceremoniously took his WSR team mate Rob Collard out of the first race.

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"It was just a complete misjudgement from me," Tordoff told crash.net. "I looked in the mirror at the exact time he braked and the next thing I know I was in his boot.

"I apologised to him and I held my hands up to it. It couldn't have happened at a worse time."

Despite having inflicted damage upon himself during the incident, Tordoff managed to carry on and set a lap fast enough to put his BMW 125i M Sport onto the front row for race two.

But before Tordoff could capitalise on his get-out-of-jail-free card, weekend-long clutch issues hampered both of his launches of the line during races two and three, meaning the 26-year could muster no better than fourth and fifth.

"I had a lot of damage in race one because of it so it's quite amazing that I managed to score the second fastest lap for race two. I couldn't believe because the car was dreadful," Tordoff continued.

"We scored good points but it felt like a frustrating weekend from start to finish. We didn't qualify where we should have and then had clutch problems ever since qualifying.

"We've gone through three clutches this weekend. I can't put my finger on why that it is so we need to go away and sort that out for Knockhill in two-weeks time.

"Annoyingly I feel like I've had a terrible weekend but we've scored really good points still. The damage we had in race one after that unfortunate incident with Rob [Collard] has meant it's just been a weekend to forget but, nevertheless, we still scored good points."