BTCC legend Alain Menu says his up and down comeback weekend at Brands Hatch masked his BMR run Volkswagen's true pace.

Menu returned to BTCC grid following a 14-year absence after leaving the series in the early 00's.

The Swiss star says intermittent problems, which plagued his BMR Volkswagen during free-practice, put him on the back foot heading into qualifying and the races.

The 50-year old, however, did recover to salvage a strong top-five finish in the final race of the day after starting 16th.

"The pace was there all weekend but we were a bit unlucky in FP1 and FP2," Menu told

"We had a few issues to sort out so I went into qualifying not really knowing what the car would be like and everything would be ok having not driven the car properly in FP2.

"I think qualifying should have been better than what we did and then, again, we were unlucky in race one having been spun around in Paddock Hill so then that put us on the back foot."

Finally, Menu said his team mate, Aron Smith's, form throughout the weekend proves his BMR squad are in a strong position ahead of Donington Park.

"I hope we can be higher up the order in Donington because we should have been better here. Aron showed what the car is capable of in races one and two.

"It's not exactly the start I wanted but it's very promising and the boys did a very good job to get us where we are at the moment so its hats off to them."


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