Harry Vaulkhard was left wanting more after picking up just one top ten finish from the second round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.
Vaulkhard had already improved on his 2008 season score during the opening rounds of the year at Brands Hatch, and headed to Hampshire keen to try and add to his tally at a circuit expected to suit the Chevrolet Lacetti.
Having managed 13th on the grid, the 23-year-old managed to break into the points in race to finish ninth but a faulty camshaft oil seal in race two left him with oil leaking onto a front tyre.
The resulting understeer saw him drop down outside the points to finish twelfth, and more problems with understeer in race three left him again outside the points in eleventh.
“This weekend never quite came together they way it should have done,” he said. “I've scored some points, which is the main thing, but it should have been more. Qualifying just didn't go my way, but I was happy with my race pace in the first two races before the oil leak started. In race three we went the wrong way on set-up, but we were playing catch-up over the understeer anyway.
“Even with problems we're just outside the top ten, so with a straightforward weekend I hope to be right in the thick of it.”
Team director Richard Coleman was also left somewhat frustrated by the problems encountered at Thruxton, with the team now hoping to encounter more luck next time out at Donington.
“This was certainly a frustrating weekend for us,” he said. “Harry never quite managed to string together his fastest lap in qualifying and that meant we started the weekend further down the grid than we expected. In the first race however, we made good progress, which made the oil leak in the second race all the more frustrating.
“RML, who supply our engines, haven't experienced a problem like this since 2005, so it's just one of those frustrating things in motorsport. We're now looking forward to Donington and hoping for some better luck there.”