Croft: Tordoff mindful of Subaru threat

BTCC points leader Sam Tordoff remains mindful of the challenge Subaru could pose despite the leading BMW runner outpacing the Levorg during FP1 at Croft.
British Touring Car Championship leader Sam Tordoff has outlined his intention of qualifying firmly within the top-five at Croft while predicting a front row lockout for Subaru.

The West Surrey Racing driver enjoyed a positive start to proceedings after setting the third quickest time during FP1, despite running 75 kilos of success ballast.

Although overnight rain has gone someway in disguising the true picture of performance, Tordoff remains content in knowing what the BMW 125i M Sport should be capable of for the remainder of the weekend.

"The track was very green in FP1 so the times were slow. I don't know how much you can read into FP1, if anything. We know we have a good car and we know this a RWD circuit. That bodes well for us. Out of all the weekends to be carrying weight, this is the one to do it," said Tordoff.

"The track will rubber in because it rained last night. It's gone very green so it should get quicker all day and we'll see come qualifying how the car actually is.

"We're able to position the car where we want around here. There's a lot of corners which destroy the FWD tyres because they can't get back on the power and get a narrow exit. That's where we have a big advantage around here."

While WSR have made Croft of something into a BMW fortress in recent years - six victories during the three previous visits -, Tordoff believes that could be about to change thanks to the rise of Subaru's RWD Levorg.

"Subaru are all here with no weight. Traditionally we haven't had any RWD competition but now we do in the hands of Subaru. They've got no weight as opposed to me running 75 kilos. I think if they do their job properly they'll be on the front row with [Jason] Plato and [Colin]Turkington,"

"If we can qualify in the top-five with full ballast, that would be a great start to the weekend.

"I would envisage that Subaru should lockout the front row in qualifying and consolidate that in race one. I think they will then struggle with weight in race two. If I'm best of the rest in third, that's perfect."

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Sam Tordoff (GBR) Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport
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