Senna Proctor says his and Power Maxed TAG Racing’s maiden victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch is yet to sink in.
Entering his second season after triumphing in the Jack Sears Trophy last year, the Vauxhall Astra driver enjoyed a dream start to the year as he wrote his name into the history books.
Off the back of a tough race one, Proctor started round two from P27. However rain stopping and the track beginning to dry out, the teenager was one of only a handful of drivers to gamble on slick tyres.
Despite trailing towards the lower end of the grid in the early stages, the risk paid off as the wet tyres fell away and those on slicks came to the fore. Scything his way to the front within a matter of laps, Proctor held his nerve to take a famous victory – one that will live long in the memory.
“I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet,” said Proctor. “I didn’t even know that I’d won until I pulled into Parc Ferme and realised that no one was there in front of me – it was a very surreal moment.
“I can’t thank Martin (Broadhurst – Team Manager) and the team enough for putting together an incredible package, and the decision to bring Rob Peacey (engineer) in is definitely going to stand us in good stead for the season.
“Starting at the back of the grid, being the furthest down of the nine cars that made the decision to run on slicks, we didn’t expect to take the victory, but it’s proved that we’re here to win.
“I’m looking forward to this season even more than I was before and I know that between Josh and I, we’ll be seeing a lot more podiums. Thanks again to all my sponsors – we literally wouldn’t be here without you.”
Whilst Proctor took his breakthrough victory, he also picked up two penalty strikes, meaning one more will see him demoted to the back of the grid at the next available race.
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