TORDOFF SECOND FASTEST DURING OFFICIAL CLIO CUP TESTING Sam Tordoff underlined his potential as a 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup title contender during official testing at Snetterton in Norfolk on Wednesday, 24th March, with a typically strong ...
TORDOFF SECOND FASTEST DURING OFFICIAL CLIO CUP TESTING
Sam Tordoff underlined his potential as a 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup title contender during official testing at Snetterton in Norfolk on Wednesday, 24th March, with a typically strong performance for multiple championship winning team Total Control Racing.
Race winner Tordoff, who returns with Wednesbury-based TCR for a only his second season of car racing action this year, ended yesterday's outing with the second fastest time overall thanks to a quickest lap of 1m17.966 seconds (90.13mph) during the final session.
Over two 10ths of a second clear during session four, the 20-year-old from Leeds was expectedly impressive and only missed out on emerging fastest overall due to the fact he didn't use new tyres during the morning when the track was at its best.
Although running with very old tyres throughout the first two sessions, the TCR ace was still second and third fastest respectively with times of 1m18.585 seconds (89.42mph) and 1m18.376 seconds (89.65mph). During the final run of the day, he shot to the top of the times and in doing so closed to within just a 10th of a second of veteran racer Dave Newsham's morning best.
Tordoff's returning team-mate Mike Robinson didn't test at Snetterton due to clashing business commitments but he will be back at the wheel of his 2.0-litre Clio for next Friday's pre-event test at Thruxton ahead of Easter Weekend's season-opening race meeting at the Hampshire speed-bowl.
TCR team principal Lee Brookes commented: "It was a good day in all honesty, we're very pleased with Sam's pace and we came away from Snetterton exactly where we thought we'd be. Had we used new tyres in the morning then I've no doubt we'd have been quickest overall.
"We know we can go quicker. Sam wasn't happy with his fastest time from the afternoon as he felt his lap wasn't as tidy as it should have been so, considering he was still two 10ths of a second clear of anyone else at that point, that's very encouraging."
Tordoff heads into 2010 as one of the true championship favourites as TCR seeks to reclaim the driver title it last won in 2006 with current Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship racer Tom Onslow-Cole.
Making his Clio Cup debut last year, Tordoff ended the season a highly creditable eighth overall with one race victory and two other podiums. In addition, he took one pole position, two fastest laps and a Driver of the Day accolade for his race-winning performance at Snetterton. He went on to finish as Vice-Champion in the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup, taking another race win.
Effingham 27-year-old Robinson enters his third season of Clio Cup action this year and concluded the 2009 championship sixth in the points with one podium and half a dozen other top six finishes. He also posted the fastest lap during both races at Silverstone National Circuit and was named Driver of the Day on two occasions.
Just over a week now remains until the opening two rounds of the 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup which will take place at Thruxton on 3rd/4th April. Alongside its Clio Cup squad, TCR's Ginetta G50 Cup drivers, Carl Breeze and Joachim Ritter, will also be in action at the Hampshire track for their first races of the season.
Live television coverage of race action from both championships will be screened on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4 on Easter Sunday, 4th April. -- check listings for details.
-source: total control racing