Cartridge World Carbon Zero Racing team boss Colin Neill has paid tribute to his team after a successful start to the new HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch.

The new SEAT squad went into the weekend having completed only limited running ahead of the season opener, but produced an encouraging performance from the three races to leave the debutants in fourth place in the teams' championship standings.

Adam Jones, who raced the Leon last year for Team Aircool secured two top six finishes over the course of the weekend to lie in sixth place in the drivers' standings and he admitted that the opening races of the year had exceeded expectations.

"If you'd told me that I would be sixth in the standings and the team would be fourth, I'd have said it was as likely as Birmingham City winning the FA Cup!" he said. "But this is the BTCC and anything can happen."

Team-mate Dan Eaves meanwhile, making his long-awaited return to the series in the sister car, also took three points finishes with a best result of sixth in the final race.

"It was a good result," he said. "The priority was to try and keep out of too much trouble, learn the car, bring it home in one piece an bag some points. I can't wait to get out for the next round."

With his team having confounded many of its critics just by making it to the event, team boss Neill was an understandably happy man.

"It's fantastic," he said. "Both drivers did really well to bring the cars home with points in every race. It's a credit to all the hard work and long days the team has put in. It's a great result for us and our fans.

"I'd personally like to thank every member of the team for their commitment and dedication."


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