While Rob Collard took his first podium finish of the season in Scotland, Steven Kane endured a difficult weekend on his first HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship outing at Knockhill.
Like Collard, Kane was left with work to do on race day after qualifying well down the order in his Motorbase Performance BMW 320si; taking the start of race one from 13th place on the grid.
Having made up places off the start, Kane was tagged into a spin by Adam Jones at the Hairpin which saw him drop to the back of the field. While a Safety Car allowed him to close up the field ahead, he was unable to climb into the points in the opening race and had to settle for twelfth place.
An off in the early stages and a change in set-up which didn't work for the former Carrera Cup racer in race two meant he struggled to finish 14th but he bounced back in a hectic third race to take ninth place and two points from what proved to be a tough weekend.
“I made a great start in race one and got by a couple of cars straight away,” he said. “Then I got hit at the hairpin when I was almost completely round the corner, there was nothing I could do. Obviously it was good to get up to twelfth after that but I should have been well inside the top ten.
“I made another good start but then had a slight off and lost what I had gained. I had changed my set up slightly from the first race and it just wasn't right, I had a real struggle with the car under braking and I had to fight it through every corner.
“Race three was another incredibly difficult race for me but in the end it was great to grab a couple of points and to see Rob get a podium for the team. The car was excellent in the last race and the team did really well to turn it around from the previous race and give me a fighting chance. If I had had that kind of performance from the start I think it would have been a different story.
“Once we sort out our qualifying form I'm sure we will be challenging at the front in every race.”