Donington Park: Tordoff buoyed by BMW soft tyre pace

Sam Tordoff: Generally speaking, that's the best result of any soft tyre runner at Donington. It goes to show we can manage the tyre well.
West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff feels his run to the podium during the last race of the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Donington Park was an indicator of how good the BMW is on the soft tyre.

Tordoff started the Donington race day in 21st, having been caught in a frantic qualifying session, but the BMW 125i M Sport driver averted disaster by producing a remarkable fightback up the order to finish each of the three races firmly inside the top ten.

"Points makes prizes in this championship. You've just got to keep calm and keep picking those points up. Whilst it's not been a great weekend, it's certainly not been a disaster," Tordoff told

"I think Jack [Goff] and Rob [Collard] showed what we're capable of. Rob had three good finishes as a result of qualifying well. That's exactly where I should have been. Not a major problem. We've scored good points during the first two races so we head to Thruxton hopeful."

The 27 year old's renaissance up the order was capped off by a third place finish in race three. Tordoff led the vast majority of the final race but was powerless in holding the Hondas back as his soft tyres began to degrade.

Nevertheless, Tordoff's third place was still the best of any using the softer Dunlop compound over the weekend after working in tandem with his team mate Jack Goff for the first half of the race.

"We did what we set out to do at the start of the race by not pushing the tyres too hard," Tordoff continued.

"Generally speaking, that's the best result of any soft tyre runner at Donington. It goes to show we can manage the tyre well. For three-quarters of the race, we were doing a really good so I won't get too downbeat about finishing third."

As the series heads to Thruxton in just over two weeks' time, Tordoff doesn't see any reason as to why WSR can't carry their momentum forward to the power hungry Hampshire circuit - citing a stronger engine package as his reason for optimism.

"We'll be able to attack at Thruxton. I don't see any problems which can hinder us. I think we'll be strong around there. The engine is better shape than last season so we should be in for a good weekend," Tordoff concluded.

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