West Surrey Racing's Jack Goff believes he's now really 'starting to gel' with his BMW 125i M Sport after reaching the podium for the first time in RWD machinery during the final British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch.
The former MG driver was part of an enthralling three-pronged tussle for the win during the final race of the weekend but was unable to forge a way past eventual winner Adam Morgan and WSR team mate Sam Tordoff.
Nevertheless, third position marked his first podium in BMW colours, capping off a productive weekend for the 25-year old.
"It was a nice way to finish the weekend. But more importantly I really feel like I'm starting to gel with the car now. We've probably had more track-time this weekend than we've had during the entire winter period," Goff told Crash.net.
"It's nice for me to go out there and keep chipping away so I feel much more on top of the car than when I started the weekend."
While the Mercedes of Morgan had the legs over the BMW's during the first half of the race, Goff believes just a few more laps could have changed the course of the result as the A-Class' soft rubber began to degrade.
A lack of overtaking opportunities around the notoriously tight Indy layout proved to be Goff's - and indeed Tordoff's - detriment.
"It was close. It was a competitive race all the way through and our car was competitive all the way through. We struggled during the first few laps when Morgan and Jackson both got past me whilst we trying to get heat into our tyres," Goff explained.
"We wanted to try and catch up Adam before his tyres fell of the cliff but we just ran out of laps. A few laps more would have helped but Adam didn't make any mistakes. At Brands you need someone to make a mistake to get past because of the nature and also because how tight everyone is at the moment."