British Touring Car driver Sam Tordoff pulls out of BTCC race this weekend following tragic death of his baby boy just days after he was born
- British Touring Car driver Sam Tordoff has been hit by a family tragedy
- Tordoff and his wife Georgina lost their baby boy Arlo just days after his birth
- The AmD Essex driver has withdraw from the BTCC race at Knockhill, Fife
- The Tordoffs have expressed gratitude for the short time they had with their son
British Touring Car racer Sam Tordoff has pulled out of his upcoming event after being left ‘devastated’ by the passing of his baby boy, just days after birth.
The AmD Essex driver, 30, has withdraw from the BTCC race at Knockhill, Fife, and will take time away from the sport to grieve.
Tordoff’s wife, Georgina, last week gave birth to a young boy, Arlo George. Complications however meant the youngster tragically lost his life due to underdeveloped kidneys which could not be treated.
British Touring Car racer Sam Tordoff and his wife Georgina have been left devastated by the passing of their baby boy Arlo George, just days after birth
A statement was issued via social media, in which Tordoff and his team explained his heartbreak and confirmed to his fans he would not be participating in the upcoming race.
‘My wife Georgina and I are heartbroken to say that our beautiful baby boy, Arlo George, passed away peacefully on Saturday.
‘After arriving safely on Monday, 2nd September, it transpired that his kidneys were not formed properly. Sadly no cure or treatment could save him.
The Tordoffs have expressed gratitude for the short time they got to spend with their son
‘We are devastated, but truly grateful for the precious days that we got to spend with our perfect baby boy.’
Tordoff finished in second place in the 2016 running of the British Touring Car Championship and is one of the most recognised and popular drivers on the circuit.
He made his debut in the Championships in 2010, and is the grandson of rally driver and car dealer Jack Tordoff.
Tordoff, who has also previously driven in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, is the group operations manager for the family business JCT600, which is headquartered in his hometown of Bradford.
He scored his first win of the season in the opening race of the previous round at Thruxton, and the Honda Civic Type R driver currently lies ninth in the standings.