Sam Tordoff is in confident form ahead of the final British Touring Car Championship race of the season, with a first title at stake versus defending champion Gordon Shedden and a resurgent Colin Turkington.
One final contest will decide the thirty-race season around the 2.43 mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, with a mere two points separating Tordoff from Shedden, with Turkington a further eight behind by virtue of his brace of victories in races one and two.
Speaking to TouringCars.net moments after the conclusion of the second race, the 27-year old BMW ambassador put his thought process clearly and concisely on the record as he looks to convert his third place starting slot into a podium finish.
“I have to beat Gordon, it’s as simple as that. The reverse grid was kind to us, so we’ve worked ourselves into a good position. I have to finish on the podium.”
He also admitted it was nice to have reached the point of the season where the title permutations are at their simplest, and the objective is simple – be faster than the other guy.
“In that respect it’s nice, but it’s going to be a struggle. We’re certainly struggling for straight line speed and that was apparent there because I can’t pass anyone. I just have to do my best now and hang on.”
In a season where Tordoff has come of age behind the wheel of the BMW 125i M-Sport, all that stands in the way of a first BTCC crown are two of the championships most established contenders. Expect fireworks.
The final round of the season gets underway at 17:32.