Mike Bushell scored his best result of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, bringing his Ford Focus home inside the top 10 at Snetterton to take a second Jack Sears Trophy win of his rookie campaign.
The AmD Tuning man fought from 22nd on the grid at the Norfolk circuit to 16th in the opening race of the day, the Ford Focus ST driver following that up with results of 10th and 20th later in the afternoon.
A hectic weekend saw the reigning Renault UK Clio Cup champion involved in his fair share of midfield scuffles, hit no fewer than three times in the opening corner of race two. The rookie emerged from the first three tours of the race relatively unscathed and fought to a hard-earned 10th spot – his best result of the season so far.
The result also meant Bushell could visit the BTCC podium for the second time in 2015, adding Jack Sears Trophy win number two to his success in the same category at the Brands Hatch season opener.
“I’m so glad to be here. It’s a relief to be back on the podium again”, Bushell told The Checkered Flag after his battling second race.
“It was carnage. I was a bit worried when I nearly spun off at the end of the straight!”
The result was Bushell’s first visit to the top 10 of the season, the relief made more so off the back of an incident-packed maiden half-season in BTCC, which also saw him suffer shoulder and leg injuries in a Thruxton qualifying shunt earlier in the year.
“It’s the first top 10 result I’ve had this season, and we’ve come away with a trophy as well”, he added.
“It’s all good, I’m really pleased. That was my target.”