Alex MacDowall may have taken a place in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship record books at Snetterton but it turned out to be a weekend of disappointment for the Chevrolet driver.
MacDowall became the youngest BTCC pole-winner after beating team-mate Jason Plato
the quickest time in qualifying but his hopes of a debut win were ended when he suffered a broken gear lever off the line in race one.
That led to a multiple pit-stops and a non-classified finish, with the teenager starting near the back of the grid in race two as a result.
A damaged sump after being tipped into a spin by Lea Wood forced MacDowall into retirement in race two while he could only manage 13th in race three after suffering from a vibration.
“It's been a real weekend of highs and lows,” he said. “Obviously it's fantastic to have made some history by being the youngest ever driver to be on pole in the BTCC, it made taking pole position that bit more special. The races were unbelievable though, to have had such bad luck in all three after such a good day on Saturday was a real disappointment.
“The problem with the gear lever wasn't anyone's fault, it was just one of those things, and then things spiraled from there. We've proven we have the pace to be at the front though and it's only a matter of time until things in the races go our way. The team is doing a fantastic job and the car is incredible to drive, we'll all be pushing really hard for success at Silverstone.”