Leeds motor racing driver Sam Tordoff will be one of three Yorkshire team mates challenging in the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB that starts at Brands Hatch on 31 March, competing against some of the UK’s leading motor racing drivers.
Sam and Richard Plant are joined at Team Parker Racing this season by fellow Yorkshireman Daniel Lloyd. The trio have all grown up together, competing around the UK in a variety of motorsports since they first met ten years ago on the British karting circuit.
Sam Tordoff said:
Richard, David and I are great friends and rivals, and to be racing together on the same team is amazing, and we’re determined that one of us wins this Championship for the county.
Richard Plant said:
The fact that all three Team Parker drivers hail from Yorkshire and that we know each other so well is really unusual, and shows how much racing talent we are producing here.
Daniel Lloyd added:
We’re a team but we’ll be competing hard.
Hopefully our experiences in karting and other forms of racing will help us bring home the silverware.
Former British Karting Champion Sam, who finished seventh in his debut season in the Championship, works for his family’s Bradford-based car retail business JCT600, and is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Jack Tordoff who also raced at a professional standard. Jack competed successfully in a long rallying career winning the International Circuit of Ireland Rally in a Porsche 911 in 1973. Sam was also named one of motor racing’s hottest prospects when he was selected for the British Racing Drivers Club ‘Rising Stars’ programme.
I had to adapt to a completely new race series last year, the Clio I raced in 2010 was completely different to the much more powerful rear engine Porsche. I was relatively pleased to finish seventh in my rookie season, and I hope that with a new car and the experience I gained last year I can improve on that and challenge from the very start.”
Stuart Parker, principal at Team Parker Racing is very pleased to have signed the Yorkshire youngsters.
We are very much looking forward to working with all three.
It is always fantastic when you get young and motivated drivers in the team as their enthusiasm helps to push the team on and when the guys have known each for the last ten years, and get on so well, it all adds up to a fantastic team spirit.
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB races that support the British Touring Car Championship fixtures will be shown live on ITV4 throughout the spring and summer from Saturday 31 March.