Sam Tordoff joins Jason Plato at MG works team for BTCC
|By Kevin Turner||Thursday, January 31st 2013, 10:42 GMT|
Sam Tordoff will partner Jason Plato at MG in the British Touring Car Championship this year.
Tordoff, a four-time Porsche Carrera Cup race winner, believes he can fight at the front once he has settled in to the Triple 8 Engineering-run squad.
"We've got to be on the podium and winning races," he told AUTOSPORT.
"Jason set the standard last year and the car will be capable of winning the championship. If I can win races in the Carrera Cup I believe I can win BTCC races.
"I've raced people like Dave Newsham in the BTCC support series and he's won touring car races."
Tordoff is also the seventh confirmed 2013 member of the KX Akademy, which aims to help young British tin-top talent.
Plato is the Akademy's mentor, but Tordoff does not believe that will hinder his BTCC chances.
"Jason's won more BTCC races than anyone else," added the 23-year-old Briton. "He's the perfect guy to learn from and I'll be using him as a benchmark.
"The team is quite happy for us to race each other - the Akademy will not have a bearing on us as team-mates, but the chances are he'll be up the road to start with."
"I'm thrilled to be joining Jason, Ian and the rest of the team and I'm determined to do well - even if it means beating Jason!"
Tordoff did not rule out helping Plato in his search for a third BTCC crown should the opportunity arise.
"If near the end of the year one of us can help the other in the championship I'm sure we'll do that," he said.
Tordoff made a one-off BTCC appearance in a Triple 8 Vauxhall Vectra at the 2010 Brands Hatch finale, qualifying within 0.3s of pole and taking a best finish of 10th.
2013 British Touring Car line-up so far: Team Car Drivers Honda (Team Dynamics) Honda Civic Gordon Shedden/Matt Neal MG (Triple 8) MG6 Jason Plato/Sam Tordoff Motorbase Performance Ford Focus Mat Jackson/TBA WSR BMW 125 M C Turkington/R Collard/N Foster Team HARD VW Passat Tom Onslow-Cole Vauxhall Insignia Jack Goff/James Cole Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Dave Newsham/TBA Ciceley Racing Toyota Avensis Adam Morgan IP Tech Race Chevrolet Cruze Andy Neate AmD Tuning VW Golf/Vauxhall Astra TBA Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 Rob Austin/Will Bratt Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Andrew Jordan/TBA Dynojet Toyota Avensis Frank Wrathall