West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff somehow extended his British Touring Car Championship championship lead despite enduring a 'horrendous' first race at Silverstone.

The BMW 125i M Sport driver - lugging 75 kilos of success ballast - started the opener from 16th but failed to make any sort of headway for the most part of the race.

However, with the back end of the top-ten tightening towards the midfield runners, Tordoff managed to pick his way through to 13th, earning him three hugely crucial points in the process.

Tordoff was also aided by both Hondas being hit by punctures. Matt Neal looked set to take the championship lead with just two-laps to go but eventually retired from the running.

The BMW driver will attack the second race ballast free and on the soft tyre.

"It was a horrendous race from start to finish. The weight was horrendous. We just hung on. We got a bit of luck and clawed our way up as other people fell off," Tordoff told Crash.net.

"It was difficult. The weight around here just killed us. I'm really looking forward to losing all the ballast and putting the soft tyre on. Hopefully we can make some real progress in this one.

"Anything can happen. Everyone behind also haven't got any weight on either so they'll be coming forward. The Hondas will be on a charge.
I'm really happy we got something out of that race when it looked like we would get nothing at all."