William Tregurtha had a debut to remember in the Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch at the weekend.
The youngster, who turned 15-year-old last week, came away from his first car race with some silverware in his hand, taking a second place in the rookie’s cup.
Racing with new team RCE, Tregurtha struggled in qualifying around the short Indy circuit, qualifying 18th on the grid for the first race on Saturday.
He put his problems behind him come the race, and finished an admirable 14th in his first outing.
But when the TV cameras shone the spotlight on the race a day later as part of the British Touring Car Championship coverage, Tregurtha came into his own.
Starting 14th on the grid, the Shenley Brook End pupil wasted no time in making his mark on the race, storming through the field and up into the top 10.
While the drama unfolded in front of him in the battle for the lead, Tregurtha made it to sixth place come the chequered flag, just three seconds behind winner Senna Proctor.
And his performance in Race 2 earned him a place on the rookies’ podium.
“It was a good result in the end and moving from 14th to sixth was obviously very pleasing,” he said.
“Hopefully this is just the start though. My team, RCE, are new to the series and circuit racing so I am delighted to have delivered a good result for them in our first race.
“They gave me a great car to work with.
“But now we need to keep moving forward, and I am determined to keep pushing for podiums and race wins during the rest of the season.”