Andrew Jordan has left the season opening British Touring Car Championship weekend at Brands Hatch feeling buoyed having almost reached the podium during first attempt with new team Motorbase Performance.
The 2013 champion's race day didn't get off to the best of starts when a boost sensor issue denied Jordan the chance of making any real headway, following a compromised qualifying run, which left him in 14th.
But the Ford Focus driver displayed his form from old in race two after a defiant fightback up the order almost resulted in a sensational return to the podium, having started from eleventh on the grid.
"From the traffic we had in qualifying and the issues we've had, I'm really happy with how I've driven so I'm going home happy," Jordan told Crash.net.
"Race two was a cracking race after coming through from 11th to 4th. I worked the softs really hard early on so when I got to Aron [Smith] I didn't quite have enough.
"I'd have loved to have got a trophy for the guys on my first weekend with them and I thought I was going to do that in race two. But we've got potential and its great how it's all clicked together."
Admitting he now feels able to attack the race when 'half-a-gap' appears, Jordan translated his race two gains into another fourth place finish in race three. This time snatching the place away from Honda's Matt Neal at the last moment possible, by just 0.037's.
"We had a boost sensor issue in race one so we were really down on straight-line speed, which was frustrating. The car felt alright but we were just so slow! So we made sense of that. But in races two and three I felt back to my old self again," Jordan continued.
"I just feel like I've been able to attack today. When there's been half-a-gap I've had something to attack with, which is such a nice feeling rather than feeling like you're just driving around."
Witnessing how Motorbase Performance operate for the first time in race trim at Brands Hatch, Jordan had nothing but praise for the well-respected BTCC outfit.
"It's easy to overlook joining a new team. It's different and you have to get used to working with different people. This has been the first high pressure environment weekend because there's no pressure in testing," the Red Bull athlete explained.
"The team have been spot on. They're a lot of fun to work with but serious about winning the championship. When it's our time to win races. When we've got the pace, we'll do it. But when we haven't we'll still take the points."