Alain Menu is adamant his BMR run Volkswagen's pace was good enough to elevate the BTCC legend onto the podium at Donington Park.

Menu endured another topsy-turvy weekend on his BTCC comeback managing only one top-ten finish in race three after a sterling comeback drive from starting last on the 31-car grid.

The BMR-man had qualified his Chrome Edition Restart Racing Volkswagen into sixth position during the dry qualifying but his challenge faltered as the conditions changed from dry to wet for the opening two races at Donington.

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Menu said a lack of testing in the wet conditions along with being tagged into a spin in race two ultimately halted his podium charge.

The Swiss veteran, in actual fact, was lucky to only beach his car into the gravel trap as the whole field miraculously avoided his Volkswagen, which careered over the width of the circuit.

"Yes, unfulfilled pace. It started with qualifying because on my best lap I had to overtake Newsham and another car into Crainers and after looking at the data that cost us two-tenths, so that cost us third on the grid, " Menu told

"Then with the rain it was the first time ever for me in the car and on those tyres in the wet. Both starts weren't very good, I had too much wheel spin off the line for both of them.

"The pace was there compared to my team mates but we didn't have the right set-up as a team in that first race.

"Then in race two I was unlucky and got tapped on the first lap so that was that. The last race was a good race for me from last to P9, its just what could have been.

"We definitely had the pace in the dry, not so much in the wet, but the performance in the dry was good enough for podiums, it will come."