James Thompson scored points for the second successive race weekend with the new N.Technology Honda Accord as the World Touring Car Championship made its annual trip to Brno.
The Briton headed to the Czech Republic on the back of an eighth place finish in the second race of the weekend in Pau, which marked the first time he had come home in the points this season after debuting the Honda in the opening European round of the year at Valencia back in May.
After qualifying in seventh place, the best starting position yet for the Accord, Thompson climbed up to fifth place when the race kicked off although he proved unable to maintain the place as the race went on and slipped back behind Augusto Farfus and Gabriele Tarquini to finish seventh.
That left the Briton on the front row of the grid for the second race, although he slipped behind Tarquini off the line to run third in the early stages. Despite maintaining position, Thompson didn't have the pace to keep the chasing pack behind and after a number of forceful moves – and an equally forceful defensive drive from the Briton – he slipped down the order to finish tenth, later being promoted to ninth when Rob Huff was excluded.
"I'm really pleased with this result,” he said. “To be in a position to get such a strong result after where we started from in Valencia is testament to the work the team has put in. We're in there fighting for points which is very good at this stage. I was determined to keep the car in the top eight so it's a very satisfying finish for us.
“The second race was disappointing because it was impossible to defend with people hitting me all the time. But to take the positive from that it shows that we can run in the top three and hold our own, which is very promising for the rest of the season."