Infiniti's Derek Palmer believes the performance of the Support Our Paras Racing Q50 machine is heading in the direction after achieving two encouraging results on the team's maiden BTCC outing at Brands Hatch.

Palmer guided the constantly improving Infiniti Q50 to 20th and 18th in races two and three despite incurring power steering issues in race one that forced the BTCC rookie into an early retirement.

The 27-year old said the team had targeted to break into the top-20 prior to the weekend but was still buoyed by the Q50's pace and reliability. Apart from a faulty torque sensor curtailing Palmer's race one running, the Infiniti challenger seemingly ran problem free for the rest of the weekend.

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Palmer wasn't the only member of the Infiniti squad making a first BTCC appearance as the team of injured ex-Paratroopers - who engineer the Q50 machine - also made their debuts in the championship. The Support Our Paras Racing driver expressed his admiration of their workmanship over the weekend.

"Yeah stoked! Obviously not finishing race one was disappointing but for races two and three we managed to break into the top-20, which is exactly what we wanted to do," Palmer told

"Pleased with the improvement all the weekend, the reliability has been awesome actually. I'm really happy with how reliable the cars been. The boys have really shown that they belong on this world class pit-lane.

"I'm proud of them. I'm proud of what we've achieved and I'm proud to be supported by Infiniti after what they're doing for us and making this possible. All in all we can be very happy with our weekends work."

Understandably, Palmer admitted that running the notoriously tricky soft Dunlop tyre did prove to be a struggle but the nonetheless valuable as the Scotsman now eyes getting into the points at Donington Park.

Palmer wasn't the only driver to find the going tough on the soft rubber as the majority of the field failed to optimise the tyre's performance amid cold track and weather conditions.

"The balance changed a bit because we ran the soft's in the last race. That changed how it felt so it would have been nice to run the mediums again for consistency's sake but at least now we have a better understanding of the soft tyre," the Infiniti driver continued.

"I think we probably went a little bit too hard on them, too early. The safety car did give us the opportunity to cool the tyre's but then after that I went too hard on them again. Having never ran them it was a bit of an adventure but you live and you learn.

"It's been a learning weekend for me in many ways. I really enjoyed it - Donington is going to be awesome. The next thing we're going to be looking at is scoring some points."