Senna Proctor was lost for words after he scored his maiden victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch in race two.
In what turned out to be an instant classic, the Power Maxed Racing gambled on slick tyres, along with several others, on a wet track having started P27. As the front runners began to struggle on the wet compound, Proctor threaded his way through the field, taking a host of others with him.
Sitting second with a handful of laps to go, leader Aiden Moffat made contact with the tyre wall on the run down to Graham Hill Bend, promoting Proctor the lead. Defending from Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson in the remaining laps, the Vauxhall driver crossed the line to record his and the teams first-ever victory in the series.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy following the podium, Proctor said: “What a race – I can’t believe it, I’m lost for words! On the out lap I could see that it was patchy in places around the circuit but I wasn’t sure whether to gamble or not. In the end we did and it was the right decision.
“I had a steady start and was bringing in the softs. With about eight laps to go my engineer told me I was P7 and I kind of thought we were in good shape for the reverse grid encounter. Then suddenly we are really cracking on and finding grip everywhere.
“I’m lost for words, I can’t believe how that whole race panned out and to come through and win it is incredible.”
Virtue of the reverse grid draw Proctor will start the final race of the day in sixth, albeit carrying 75kgs of success ballast. Despite being ladened with extra weight, the reigning Jack Sears Trophy winner admits he hasn’t even thought about race three yet.
He said: “Thanks for reminding me that I’ve got all that extra weight. If I’m honest, this has just been incredible and anything else now is just going to be a bonus. I need to focus my mind soon because there is still one more race to be run.”
Race three is scheduled to get underway at 17:15.
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