West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff was more than happy to walk away from the penultimate round of the British Touring Car Championship with three top-ten finishes despite labelling Silverstone 'as no good whatsoever' for the BMW 125i M Sport.

With straight line speed not being one of the BMW's main strengths, Tordoff had already braced himself for a testing weekend around the Northamptonshire circuit.

However, a phenomenal lap in qualifying defied Tordoff's expectations and launched the former MG driver into the top three ahead of the first race.

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The WSR driver opted to run the soft tyre in race one and settled for tenth. But Tordoff climbed back up the order with sixth in race two before capturing his fifth podium of the year with third place in an action packed final encounter.

Coupled with Rob Collard and Tordoff's double podium in race three, Andy Priaulx also took the 1 Series to the top step of the rostrum in race two.

"To have two BMW's on the podium at a circuit which is no good for us whatsoever is a fantastic result," Tordoff told Crash.net.

"Tenth, sixth and third is a good weekend round here, it really is. We had a great qualifying, which enabled us to stay out of trouble and score solid points.

"We go to Brands Hatch with a bit of optimism now as it's a circuit which should suit us much better than here."

Despite finishing 2.3 seconds down on the eventual race winner Colin Turkington, Tordoff believes a race winning opportunity slipped through his fingers after spending too much time behind team mate Collard.

Collard allowed Tordoff the opportunity to hunt down the race leading Volkswagen CC but the 26-year felt his team mate's gesture came too late in the game.

Unable to properly close the deficit, Tordoff handed second back to Collard at the end of the race.

"It was nice to come forward because there was a lot of quick guys around us so it was good to get away with Rob [Collard] to try and hunt down Colin [Turkington]," Tordoff continued.

"The car was very good. I felt like Rob was holding me up but eventually, after some persuasion, he agreed to let me past so I could go after Colin but it was a little too late. He should have let me past a little bit earlier, but it is what it is.

"I gave him the place back on the last lap and rightly so because we're a team and I owed him the position back.

"I felt like I had some great pace. If he let me past a few laps earlier I wouldn't have hurt my tyres as much when I was trying to pass him, which was a shame but, all in all, a great weekend."