Tom Boardman has been beset with the worst luck of any competitor in the 2013 FIA WTCC season, having endured mechanical damage and having to even miss some races with major crash damage through-out the majority of the year.
That was until the Race of Shanghai last time out when the 30 year old had a more competitive weekend, scoring two Yokohama trophy podiums, including a brilliant drive to ninth in race one and just missing out on some more points in race two with P11.
This was the first time that the Lancashire racer had brought the car to the chequered flag in one piece for both races all season, something he cited to a 'few adjustments' during the five weeks break since Suzuka and is hoping to 'produce similar results' this weekend at the season finale in Macau.
“Finally it's great to get some points on the board, and to also get two independent podiums is a fantastic result for the team and myself," a chuffed Boardman said. "The car felt good all weekend and the few adjustments we made improved things still further. I was disappointed with where we ended up in qualification but the times were all so close.
"The call to run slicks in race one obviously paid off and although the track was slippery I managed to work my way through the field. It was a good move to pass Tiago [Monteiro], and to pip Norbi [Michelisz] on the line for ninth just capped off a great first race for me.
"I knew the second race would be tougher as everyone would be on slicks. The start was also tricky but I managed to make up the places and to finish in P11 from P19 is a very satisfying result. I am really looking forward to Macau now where I hope I can produce similar results.”
While the results come perhaps a little too late for the Special Tuning Racing squad, it at least gives the rival independent teams something to think about at the daunting Macau track this weekend as the SEAT team look to continue their points scoring run for the final two-races of the year.
by Dexter Fielding