Russ Thompson was a satisfied man after beginning his 2015 BTRDA season with an overall top 10 finish and a first place in the group N class on the Wyedean Forest Stages.
The 27-year-old, embarking on his second year in a Group N Lancer Evo, capitalised on mechanical problems for champion Tom Naughton for a class victory over Pat Naylor.
Thompson and Naughton had been locked in a see saw battle for the N4 bragging rights from the first stage, and with only a six-second lead heading into the main service was poised for an intense fight over the course of the afternoon.
However, with a damaged crank sensor forcing Naughton into retirement on stage five, Thompson took a steady approach to ensure a 20-point haul in the Genpower Production Cup.
Thompson said: “We’re quite happy with how it’s gone. Things have ran smoothly mechanically and in the morning, I was happy with how I was driving.
“It would have been a pretty big fight over the afternoon had he continued, but it was a little bit of pressure taken off.”