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Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Tordoff: 2016 has already surpassed expectations

Sam Tordoff says his current 2016 title tilt has already surpassed his expectations but admits converting that into anything other than a maiden BTCC title 'will be a disappointment'.
West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff has said his current 2016 title tilt has already surpassed his own expectations but admits converting that into anything other than a maiden British Touring Car Championship win will be a disappointment.

The BMW 125i M Sport driver arrives upon his date with destiny with a slender 11 point lead over reigning champion Gordon Shedden as the title race reaches its conclusion at Brands Hatch.

Tordoff, who has featured towards the top of the table for much of the year, has had to rescue his previous two race meetings at Rockingham and Silverstone but remains very much in ascendency ahead of the chasing pack.

Despite only taking two victories so far this season, the 27-year old's title bid has been bolstered by his near unrelenting points scoring run. At this stage, Tordoff has only failed to score a point on just two occasions in 2016.

"I had a set of targets for the season and we've surpassed all of them, so whatever happens now is a bonus," said Tordoff.

"Having said that, I've led the championship for half the season so of course it would be a disappointment not to convert it into a title, both for myself and WSR, who have worked incredibly hard to give me a fantastic BMW."

Once again Tordoff will have to attack qualifying and race one with maximum ballast around the Grand Prix layout of the Brands Hatch circuit.

However, on a circuit in which Tordoff holds in such high esteem, the WSR driver is confident the knowledge his outfit has on running maximum ballast will pay dividends.

"Carrying maximum ballast won't help matters, but it's been the same for the past few rounds and exactly the same thing has been at stake, so we're pretty used to it now as a team.

"I'm just going to go out there and enjoy the weekend and we'll see what happens. It's my favourite circuit anyway and I've finished second there three times, so I'll enjoy it, whatever the outcome.”



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