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Tin top ace Tordoff makes British GT switch for 2017

Wednesday, November 30 2016

2016 BTCC runner-up Sam Tordoff will race at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Snetterton in the British GT Championship next season as he switches his focus to sports car racing. Tordoff will share a Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Liam Griffin.

Tordoff's future has been the subject of much speculation since the end of this year's tin-top campaign after the 27-year-old confirmed he would not be returning to the BTCC in 2017. That decision has led him to the British GT Championship where he will make his GT3 debut under the GardX racing with Barwell Motorsport banner.

The Yorkshireman won races at every level of the TOCA package, including Porsche Carrera Cup GB and the Renault Clio Cup. He also made selected sportscar in the European Le Mans Series aboard Ferrari GTE machinery.

Tordoff joins a strong British GT entry for 2017 which will feature championship stalwarts Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw in the sister Lamborghini, whilst reigning champions Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston will return in a Lamborghini.

Tordoff said: "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.  

"I've known Liam for a long time and I think together in the Lamborghini we have all the tools in place to mount a serious title challenge. 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!"

Barwell chief Mark Lemmer said: "Sam has emerged as one of the UK's most talented and successful star drivers; he has all of the ingredients that we would look for to make a top quality GT driver. It is an absolute pleasure to welcome him to the 'Barwell family' for his first full season in GTs to partner Liam. 

"It's great to welcome Liam back; I've got a really positive feeling about this pairing. We know that Liam is naturally super quick and can beat anyone on his day. I am sure he will benefit from Sam's meticulous preparation and from it being his second season in the Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

British GT kicks off at Oulton Park next Easter (15 and 17 April) whilst other calendar highlights will include a visit to Snetterton in May (27/28) and a Brands Hatch summer scorcher on 5/6 August.

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