LEA Wood produced another series of promising results when the British Touring Car Championship moved on to Croft for the fifth round last weekend.
The Hereford driver finished all three races and with an improving sequence of 18th, 16th and 14th in the three races.
"It was a relief to finally get a few good results at Croft," said Wood, who has not always had a happy experience of the north-east track in the past.
"We put in some extra work to make it happen by spending time in the simulator at Silverstone last week. The settings were customised for a touring car and the Croft layout, so I had a bit of a head start in that respect.
"Croft tends to favour smaller cars – which the Avensis certainly isn't – so it was never going to be our strongest track. As such, scoring points in the overall championship was a real bonus."
Wood started from 25th on the grid in the first race but raced up through the field before falling back late on to finish 18th.
Two wheels on the grass in the second race cost time but a 16th place was still creditable.
And there was a further improvement in the final race of the afternoon with BTCC points achieved for a 14th place.
“We can’t ask for any more than going forward all day and the whole team has been brilliant,” added Wood.
“We are getting consistency and are building on the car all the time. The weeks will fly by and Snetterton will be here but we go there in really high spirits.”