Tordoff leaves BTCC for British GT
The 2016 British Touring Car Championship runner-up Sam Tordoff left the series to join Barwell Motorsport in the British GT Championship.
Tordoff had a very good season in the BTCC. Driving the West Surrey Racing’s BMW 125i M Sport he won two races, scored other seven podiums, and had two fastest laps before finishing the campaign as a runner-up, only two points behind the champion Gordon Shedden.
At the end of 2016 season, he opted to walk away from the competition and to join Barwell Motorsport in the British GT Championship. In 2017, he will drive Lamborghini Huracan GT3 alongside Liam Griffin, another former BTCC competitor.Tordoff already has GT racing experience as he has competed as a part-time driver in 2015 European Le Mans Series, driving the JMW Motorsport’s Ferrari.
“I am really excited about 2017 as I embark on a new career in GT Racing. It is something we have looked at pursuing for a while, and when this opportunity presented itself with Liam and Barwell Motorsport it was the perfect time to jump ship. As much as I love the BTCC, I see it as the end destination in a career path, not the start of one. I didn’t want to be known as only a touring car driver, so I want to prove that I can race and win in other forms of motorsport,” says the 27 years old Tordoff.
“The British GT Championship is going from strength to strength and I am very aware of the expectations of the team to be at the sharp end of it – I cannot wait to get started!” concluded the Yorkshireman.