Rockingham: 'Brave' set-up gamble pays off for Tordoff and WSR

Sam Tordoff: We did something we've never done before. That's how brave we were getting.
British Touring Car Championship leader Sam Tordoff says going down alternative route on the set up of his West Surrey Racing BMW 'certainly saved' his weekend following a horrendous Saturday at Rockingham.

Amidst the appalling conditions, qualifying couldn't have gone much worse for Tordoff and his WSR squad with all three BMW 125i M Sport machines suffering from an engine misfire, which left the points leader in 28th behind team mates Jack Goff and Rob Collard.

However, come Sunday, WSR's renaissance up the order was almost instantaneous and a stunning charge from 28th to 10th in race one for Tordoff turned into a miraculous second win of the year in race two for the 27-year old.

While Tordoff's third race on the hard tyre was nothing write home about, the BMW driver still crucially maintained a slender 5-point lead over the chasing Honda's led by Matt Neal in second.

"We could have quite easily come out of the weekend sitting third or fourth in the standings," Tordoff told "To score 27-points this weekend is a magnificent haul from where we were in qualifying. All credit to the team who did a really good job in turning it around.

"Race three we can forget about. I'm really happy with what we did in one and two. From where we were yesterday I think that's a phenomenal turnaround.

"I think we've done ourselves really proud in races one and two. We saved our weekend and probably the championship so we can look forward to Silverstone."

Knowing what ground could have been lost in the title race on the Sunday, Tordoff and WSR resurrected their weekend by making 'brave' overnight set-up call on the 1 Series.

Such was the impact of the changes made, Tordoff is debating whether to continue down that for Silverstone but said the unique nature of Rockingham will probably consign that as a one off.

"We did something we've never done before. That's how brave we were getting. We kept that [set-up] on all day and I guess the first two races vindicated that change. We've now got to decide whether we continue down that route for Silverstone or revert back to what we know," Tordoff explained.

"Silverstone is more of a typical race circuit. Rockingham is very unique and very abrasive. Perhaps it won't work at Silverstone but it certainly saved this weekend."

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Sam Tordoff (GBR) Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport
BMW returns to the BTCC with WSR
Ashley Sutton - Subaru Team BMR [pic credit BTCC]
Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, [Credit: BTCC media]
Matt Simpson, Team Dynamics, [Credit: BTCC Media]
Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport [Credit: Handy Motorsport]
Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing [Credit: Halfords Yuasa]
Ant Whorton-Eales,, BTCC [Credit:]
Mat Jackson, Motorbase Performance, Shredded Wheat [Credit: Motorbase]
Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, BTCC [Credit: BTCC media]

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