Longdon’s Greg Owens overcame high temperatures and cooling problems to collect a podium finish in the latest stage of the 4Two Cup at Snetterton.
The IT consultant took his Smart Brabus to the Norfolk circuit for the first time and managed to put it in third place on the grid for round one.
A poor start left him back in sixth by the first turn, but Owens battled back to engage in a tough battle as the top five traded places in the heat.
His race was also suffering due to a problem cooling the car, forcing the Longdon racer to take action.
“It was a really tough race,” he said. “This car struggles in the heat anyway so I knew that I’d have an uphill battle.
“I was having to cut the ignition at two points around every lap to ‘reboot’ the ECU while running inches behind the car in front and all with the cabin heater turned up to maximum to help cool the engine.
“The heat inside the car was almost unbearable!”.
But despite his problems, Owens was able to take advantage of mistakes by Simon Coverdale and Martin Clatworthy to claim third place.
Another poor start hampered the Longdon driver’s efforts in race two as the temperature continued to climb.
He still managed to find fourth place by the closing laps, before a high-speed spin saw him narrowly avoid a dramatic crash.
But despite failing to collect a second podium, Owens remained upbeat: “I’m surprised to find myself disappointed with third and fourth with my first visit to the track, but I never quite matched the pace of the frontrunners.
“The engine was overheating from lap two of each race and I overcooked the tyres at the end of race two in a failed effort to get a point for fastest lap.
“The next race is at Anglesey on August 7 which will be a first for the Smart cars so I’m hoping that this will be a bit of a leveller.”
Owens is currently third in the championship with 6 races remaining.