Tom Boardman continued to keep the points ticking over during the second round of the World Touring Car Championship in Mexico, despite a tough weekend.
Participating in his second race for the SUNRED Engineering team, Boardman was competing at Puebla for the first time, a disadvantage that wasn't aided ahead of qualifying when he suffered technical problems throughout practice.
With little chance to learn the twisty layout, Boardman admits he struggled to get the best from his Leon TFSI in qualifying to line-up in 19th position.
Nonetheless, the British driver was competitive in the races, even if external factors conspired to work against him. He was brought to a standstill at the start of the first race when Marin Colak spun in front of him, while a collision with Alain Menu caused a puncture in race two.
Despite the setbacks, Boardman was able to make the chequered flag in both races to score a few more points for his Independents' Trophy campaign
“It's been a difficult weekend for me in Mexico. We weren't able to get the track time we needed before qualifying because of technical problems, yet on race day it looked at one stage as though we would salvage a strong result in the end, but it wasn't to be.
“Still it's a good start to the season with four races and four points finishes from the two early flyaway events. I'd never raced in Brazil and Mexico before, so to come away with a hundred percent finishing record and seventeen points isn't so bad.”