Dan Holland has praised his WDE Motorsport team after he secured his maiden Renault UK Clio Cup podium finish at Silverstone.
The meeting marked Holland’s first outing with the WDE squad, and saw him return to the grid after missing the last rounds at Rockingham.
Settling in well with the team, Holland qualified eighth on the grid for both races in qualifying, the fourth time this season he has qualified in the top eight for both races in a weekend.
Holland moved up to sixth on the opening lap of race one and ran there for the majority of the race until contact with former team-mate Tom Grundy at Brooklands ultimately led to his retirement.
The 17 year old bounced back in race two though, holding position for the first few laps before gaining four places in two laps to slot into fourth.
After holding off team-mate and three-time champion Paul Rivett for the remainder of the race, Holland was rewarded when a time penalty for the driver ahead promoted him to third.
“It feels really good. I’ve been waiting a lot time to get on the podium and to do it this weekend, my first with a new team, is brilliant,” Holland told TCF.
“The move to WDE has been key to this. It’s the confidence in the car, in the team, and to do it first time out is incredible for us.”
The Renault UK Clio Cup season comes to an end at Brands Hatch GP next weekend (10/11 October), but Holland admits his participation in the meeting is not confirmed.
Holland concluded: “I had a new sponsor this weekend, Trader Van, and I really appreciate what they’ve done for me. Hopefully they’re happy and we can work something out for Brands as I’d love to be out.”