Rob Austin was left struggling to contain his delight after picking up a first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win at Rockingham.
On the back of his first pole position in the series at Knockhill, Austin was again on form in qualifying at the Corby circuit as he put his WIX Racing Audi A4 on the second row of the grid.
A strong run in the opening race saw Austin take the flag in third place having been forced to fight back from a tough opening few laps, but it was race two where the former single-seater ace was able to shine.
From the second row of the grid, Austin made the perfect start to take the lead by the time the field dropped off the Rockingham oval onto the infield section at Deene and was never headed as he picked up the first Audi win in the BTCC since September 1997, when Frank Biela won at Silverstone.
Another top ten finish in race saw Austin move into the top ten in the championship standings but it was understandably the win that gave him reason to smile at the end of the weekend.
“It has just been an awesome day for everyone in the WIX Racing team,” he said. “This is the absolute top level of motor sport in the land and the incredible effort we've put in behind the scenes is now starting to pay off. The first win is just magical and I'll admit there were a lot of emotions in the car on the last lap when I think of the commitment from all the people involved, but boy has it been worth it. Coming back into parc ferme and seeing the smiles and tears on people's faces is a memory I'll treasure forever.
“We need to carry this momentum over into the final two fixtures on the calendar. The drivers embroiled in the title fight, who have quite a bit more to lose, will know that we now really mean business when we're out on track. We're a real threat and will be going to Silverstone and Brands Hatch fully intent on more wins.
“For now, though, we're going to thoroughly enjoy our achievements and I hope our many fans do as well – the reaction to our results today on social media has been out of this world. Undoubtedly we've won both on the track and off it today.”