West Surrey Racing's Sam Tordoff said he was 'proud' to strengthen his British Touring Car Championship points lead by finishing second in a treacherous final race at Croft.

The BMW 125i M Sport driver led the field as the race entered its climax but was powerless in keeping the charging MG of Ashley Sutton bay. Sutton punished a slight wobble from Tordoff as the pair entered Sunny In on the penultimate lap.

Tordoff had dominated the first half of the 18-lap encounter but his charge faded as two safety car phases wiped out what was once a healthy advantage amid the deteriorating conditions.

With the 'bigger picture playing on his mind', Tordoff heralded the value of banking an important haul of points with his second place finish.

"You're the guinea pig in the wet conditions so it's difficult to judge the grip but I'm proud to have finished second," Tordoff told Crash.net. "Ashley [Sutton] came from a long way back and had a lot of pace. He was just too much for us today.

"Twice we had the safety car and it eroded my lead but it also getting wetter and wetter. The wetter it got the more I seemed to struggle. Perhaps if it had been a bit drier Ash wouldn't caught me as quick. I'm thinking more towards the long game but second is better than a non-finish.

"Ash had absolutely nothing to lose and I had everything to lose. That plays on your mind a little bit. After the first two races we had, second place is more than good enough."

Given an impromptu engine change following the first race, the landscape of Tordoff's day could have looked quite different but the BMW driver enters the summer break having increased his championship lead to 12-points ahead of his team mate Rob Collard.

WSR currently hold the ascendency in all three championship's the BMW squad are entered in.

"In the grand scheme of things, given that we had to change an engine, I'm happy with how the day has turned out. We shouldn't have really been out there in race two," Tordoff continued.

"It was touch and go. To get the points we've got and to lead for so long in race three is something to be proud.

"We've got a little buffer now. I think its great result given the day we've had. We went from Oulton Park where everything was plain sailing but we've come here and been up against it - carrying 75 kilos in qualifying certainly didn't help.

"I'm happy to go into the summer break as the championship leader."



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