2016 British Touring Car Championship runner-up Sam Tordoff has announced he is leaving the series.

Tordoff came within touching distance of winning the 2016 drivers' crown but the West Surrey Racing driver agonisingly lost out to Honda's Gordon Shedden during the final act of the season.

The 27-year old's future in the series had already been thrown into question after Tordoff openly discussed the notion of walking away from the BTCC during the season finale.

Indeed, following a successful four-year stint driving for both Triple Eight MG and more recently WSR, Tordoff has since ended speculation over his future by signalling his intent to 'embark on a new chapter in his motorsport career'.

"Firstly I would like to put on record what a fabulous time I have had racing on the TOCA package for the last 8 years," Tordoff said.

"I've won races in all the Championship's I've raced in and have driven for some great teams such as Total Control Racing, Team Parker Racing and latterly with West Surrey Racing and BMW who are, without doubt, the best team in the BTCC Paddock and I leave with great memories and a heavy heart.

"However, my success on the track this year has presented me with new opportunities that are too good to miss. I am now really looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead with some exciting plans in place and I should be able to reveal the first of these in the coming weeks."

Having enjoyed a successful four-year stint in the series, which yielded a total of six-victories to his name, Tordoff hinted a future return to the BTCC wouldn't be off the cards.

"In the meantime, I will continue to love and watch the BTCC and let me be the first to say, I will always leave the door ajar for a return in the future."