West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff concedes his chances of winning the 2015 British Touring Car Championship are now all but over following a 'terrible weekend' at Rockingham.

The 26-year old only scored 19-points after qualifying in eleventh for the first race of the weekend in what was a difficult Rockingham event for the BMW cause.

Tordoff managed to break into the top-ten during the first race but contact in the second encounter cost the BMW driver a potential seventh place finish, which would have put him fourth on the grid for the final race of the day.

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As it was, Tordoff started fourteenth but was able to stage somewhat of a recovery after saving his best race until last with a 'weekend saving' top-five result.

"Race three saved our weekend," Tordoff told crash.net. "It's been a terrible day to be honest. We've come here and the car hasn't worked. For the first time all season we're really struggled. Qualifying and the first race was a real struggle.

"It's just not happening for us at the moment. We came through race two from 14th to seventh and it was only a tangle with Turkington that broke the car and ended up finishing where we started.

"Had that not happened we'd have been in seventh and been somewhere near the front for the reverse grid race. It could have been a whole different weekend. It's just not happening for us. That's the championship dead and buried. But we're learning."

Tordoff admitted that it wasn't until the second race of the event where he and his WSR squad finally began to get a handle of the BMW's balance around the Rockingham circuit when a gamble with the set up paid dividends.

"It was just a balance issue with the car and the tyre that we didn't get to grips with until race two. Unfortunately if you don't qualify well that puts you in the mid-pack and that's where things start to go wrong," Tordoff continued.

"It wasn't until where we did something weird and radical with the set up for race two, that we got the car to work.

"We think we understand why we've had such a bad weekend. Race two and three was a massive improvement. This was always going to be a learning year with 2016 in mind. So we'll treat it as such and hopefully come back better here next season."

Tordoff still remains sixth in the title battle but trails championship leader Gordon Shedden by 60-points with only two circuits left to complete on this season's calendar.