Tordoff will miss the remainder of the BTCC season

Sam Tordoff has confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the British Touring Car season following the passing of his son.

Tordoff’s son, Arlo passed away in the build up to the last round at Knockhill and the Honda driver withdrew from the event, with AMD team engineer Mike Bushell stepping in to run the second the car.

A statement released by Tordoff on his Facebook page read: “Georgie and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the messages of support that we have received since announcing the passing of our son Arlo George.

“The outpouring of love has been truly humbling, and it’s comforting to know that people are thinking of us, and remembering Arlo George, particularly within the motorsport fraternity.

“Our time is now focused on coming to terms with losing Arlo as a family, and a return to the BTCC is not something that I can consider at this point in time.

“Shaun and the whole AmD squad have been hugely supportive of our situation, and it was really lovely to see the team celebrate Rory’s first home win at Knockhill last weekend. We know how much that means to them all.

“We’d like to extend our thanks to Mike Bushell who stepped up last weekend in very difficult circumstances and to wish him and the whole team the very best of luck with the remainder of the season.”

Bushell will retain the second AMD Honda seat for the remaining rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

He failed to finish a single race at Knockhill on his return to the BTCC, but did set a lap record in the second race of the weekend, underlining his potential to have a successful last two rounds with the team.