Joint Dunlop #ForeverForward honours for Tordoff and Jeff Smith
Sam Tordoff and Jeff Smith joint-topped the latest Dunlop #ForeverForward tally with 26 places gained over the course of the weekend at Rockingham.
Rob Collard placed second, on 23 points, to retain a comfortable lead at the top of the overall standings – continuing to live up to his reputation as one of the best ‘racers’ on the grid.
Yorkshireman Tordoff endured a torrid Saturday in Northamptonshire. Beaching his Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport was the first issue of the day, setting him back precious setup time. Engine trouble in qualifying saw the West Surrey Racing stable down in 26th, 27th and 28th – the Yorkshireman the last of the bunch.
His topsy-turvy grid position did allow for a hatful of #ForeverForward points, however. Twenty-eighth became 10th in race one and 10th became a storming race win in the second bout on Sunday, cementing his title credentials.
Jeff Smith, meanwhile, had his best performance of the year in the #ForeverForward stakes with his 26-point haul. His top score of 18 places gained, as he went from 31st to 13th in race three, nudged him level with Tordoff’s performance of the weekend.
Eurotech Racing team-mate Martin Depper has traditionally found himself the higher placed of the two Civic Type R wielding racers in the Dunlop rankings but it was Smith this time around that ruled the roost.
Little needs to be added to Rob Collard’s burgeoning and longstanding reputation as a strong combatant come race day. His top-three performance in the Dunlop rankings this weekend will come as little surprise but remains impressive nonetheless.
Team RCIB Insurance Racing’s Jake Hill may not have made the list were it not for race one engine trouble. He was well placed and looking on for strong points until he was forced into retirement, displacing him for race two’s grid and forcing him into playing catchup for the rest of the weekend.
Eventually, his pace was rewarded with P8 in race three but, without technical trouble, this result could have come much earlier in the weekend. Who knows where Hill could have gone had that been the case.
With only two events remaining, the results and standings are as follows – Rob Collard still heads the pack:
Dunlop #ForeverForward drivers of the weekend
1 Sam Tordoff/Jeff Smith 26
2 Rob Collard 23
3 Jake Hill 21
Dunlop #ForeverForward overall standings
1 Rob Collard 130
2 Rob Austin 110
3 Martin Depper 105