Andy Priaulx admitted he exceeded his own expectations in Valencia after picking up eight points from the third weekend of racing in the World Touring Car Championship campaign.
Having struggled to match the pace of the diesel SEATs in the fly-away events in Mexico and Brazil, Priaulx was hoping to kick-start his campaign on Spanish soil but went into the weekend aware of the challenge that lay ahead.
Priaulx led the BMW challenge during qualifying but had to settle for sixth on the grid – although he started from fifth after Alain Menu was excluded from the times for failing the ride-height test.
Having been embroiled in frantic battles in the pack throughout the first race and had to settle for seventh place – although put the BMW Team UK driver on the front row for the second race alongside Alain Menu.
Priaulx jumped ahead of the Chevrolet man when the race kicked off but soon lost the lead to the Swiss ace before settling into second place. Priaulx held position until the closing stages when fellow Briton Rob Huff was able to find a way through, although he managed to retain third place to the finish.
"All in all a good weekend for me," he said. "The whole of race one was a really big scrap for me and I know I haven't made many friends this weekend as there were quite a few hits! But I come here to win races and championships and I think I got the best out of the weekend I could possibly expect. My target was seven points, so to get one more than I thought I was able to get was great."
Priaulx remains fifth in the standings after the weekend.