Sam Tordoff said he was thrilled to open his win account in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after securing his maiden victory at Snetterton.
The MG KX Momentum Racing driver went into the weekend seeking to build on an impressive performance in testing at the circuit last month, and stormed to pole position ahead of team-mate Jason Plato in qualifying.
The youngster then controlled the opening race of the weekend from the front of the field as he beat Plato to the line for an MG 1-2.
Braking issues then forced him to drop down the order in race two before a fine recovery drive through the field on the soft tyre in race three saw him take fifth spot, leaving Tordoff confident about his chances through the remainder of the season.
“The first one is always special,” he said. “I knew that if I got away well I'd have a great chance of winning and thankfully I did. A one-two is great for the team and it feels like I have ticked an important box with this maiden win.
“Winning in the latter part of the season was my target. I have done that now, and the next plan is to win consistently. I am over the moon about it.
“Suffering in race two with the brakes put us on the back foot for race three, but we bounced back with all the lessons we had learned over the two-day test recently. I am confident we have an edge on soft tyres now, and fighting up to sixth rescued something. We can go forward from here.”
Tordoff sits sixth in the championship standings following the Snetterton weekend.