Gabriele Tarquini was satisfied to get back into the points at Brands Hatch, despite losing lost the World Touring Car Championship lead to his team-mate Yvan Muller.
After keeping his expectations modest following a dismal start to the weekend, Tarquini made very quiet progress in the first race from a lowly 18th on the grid, but made the most of a strong start and problems for others to forge his way into contention.
On the cusp of the points in the closing stages, Tarquini would eventually cross the line in seventh place when Jordi Gene sacrificed a top eight finish for his championship contending team-mate.
Giving him a front row starting position for the second race, Tarquini struggled to stay in contention with the frontrunners, but while he dropped to fourth at the end of the first lap, he would go on to surrender just one more place.
Eventually finishing in fifth place, while his six points mean he loses the lead of the championship, he was more than happy with the results given his qualifying position.
“My aim during the first race was finishing among the top eight. Jordi's help was very important, so big thanks to him. The start of the second race wasn't good and the race pace of our rivals was much faster today, so I'm happy with my fifth place."