Micky Doyle bounced back from a disastrous weekend on home soil at Knockhill to produce arguably his strong performance to date in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The InTune Racing rookie headed to Silverstone eager to make amends for the three DNFs suffered on the BTCC's annual trip to Scotland and matched his best qualifying performance by securing 18th place on the grid for race one - although he admitted to being disappointed not to have got ahead of the Honda Integra of John George on the timesheets.

With rain arriving ahead of the opening race, Doyle was able to continue the impress form displayed earlier in the year in wet conditions as he quickly climbed to the fringes of the top ten in the BTC-spec Honda. However as the tyres on the front of the car went off, he slipped back to finish in 15th place, albeit ahead of Knockhill podium finisher Rob Collard.

The second race ended in early disappointment when he was tipped into a spin at the end of the National Straight after contact from Collard while dicing for tenth place, with the stationary Honda being hit afterwards by Darren Turner, who slid off into the gravel at the same time.

Despite the damage sustained, Doyle was able to take his place on the grid for race three and stormed through the field until he lay tenth - behind the Halfords Hondas of Tom Chilton and Gordon Shedden.

Doyle made light work of getting past the pair in one stunning move and then set about chasing down Collard, falling just short of getting ahead of the BMW into seventh place.

However, eighth marked the best result of the season to date for Doyle and the second time he has broken into the points this year, leaving the Clio Cup graduate delighted.

"Knockhill was the worst weekend ever to not finish a race in my home round," he said. "Coming here, we wanted to pull our finger out so to speak, but I was disappointed with qualifying. In race one I think I got as high as eleventh but my front tyres went off while I was fighting with Chilton and I dropped back to 15th. In race two, we knew we were in a good position and I got into tenth past Collard but he gave a nudge at the end of the straight and put me into the gravel. Then Darren collected me and caused damage to both cars but it wasn't his fault.

"I looked at the car to see what needed doing so when the car came back, we had the bits ready. I have to day hats off to the guys again for doing the job, as there was a lot of damage to the left rear of the car, even though it doesn't look like it now. On the green flag lap it felt okay but the steering was off centre. I got the bit between my teeth and kept chasing Collard as I wanted to beat him, but it was good to race with the top boys like Chilton and Shedden and to drive past them and earn a top ten rather than get it under the Safety Car like at Croft was brilliant.

"It's a shame the season is coming to a close but I'm looking forward to going back to Brands Hatch. For a start, we'll be able to make it out for first practice this time instead of spending it putting the engine in, but we can see how we have progressed over the year. I'd like to get into the top ten and get some more points."

Doyle also paid tribute to the small team that ensured he not only made it to Silverstone, but enabled him to make it onto the grid for the final race after his earlier accident.

"Not taking anything away from the boys, but they aren't properly qualified in touring cars," he said. "They have worked on cars before but they have a lot of things still to learn, and so do I when I get in the car.

"They are a great bunch of guys and I think we have done very well considering what is available to us."



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