After his trying start to the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, Fabrizio Giovanardi got his title bid back on track at Thruxton - although the Italian admitted it hadn't been an enjoyable weekend.

Despite an accident in free practice that left his VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra heavily damaged, the Italian stormed to pole position despite completing only one flying lap during the qualifying session.

The defending double champion duly led from start to finish in the opening race to secure his first win of the year and looked set to double up in race two before a slight error allowed Colin Turkington through on the final lap to steal victory.

Struggling with the set-up on his car in the final race, Giovanardi had to settle for eighth place and he admitted at the end of the weekend that - despite his double podium - all hadn't been well with the Vectra.

"I wouldn't say race one was easy, but without ballast and being ahead of Matt, I knew it would be difficult for him to challenge me," he said. "It was great to have scored my first win of the season.

"Aside from getting the win, which is what I am here for, it has not been as enjoyable as I would have liked. We had a roll bar issue in the first race, which made it difficult to know the direction to take on set up changes. The car was definitely not right, but we need to review the data to find the solution."