I made a good start and hung on out front for the opening lap, but then Ash [Sutton] came at me with soft tyres and less weight in the Subaru. I defended as robustly as possible, but it was inevitable that the top three or four were going to pass me. To finish fifth, right on the tail of the two Dynamics Hondas of Matt and Gordon [Shedden] was OK and got me a chunk of points I needed.
I finally got a bit of luck with the reversed-grid race-three draw, lining up second to Josh Cook’s Ford Focus. I was confident of another win, but wary also of the soft-tyred Hondas right behind me.
I led the race again for the first 14 laps and, once the safety car had bunched us up, Gordon and Matt were able to squeeze past me with three laps to run. It’s tricky to get the balance back with the tyres after the safety-car-induced cooling period and they had it easier with the soft rubber. Still, another podium was a satisfying end to the day.
A haul of 49 points at Oulton was fantastic – my biggest weekend tally for three years. And I’ve moved from 12th to seventh in the championship, too, which is definitely in the right direction. There’s a long way to go – 18 more races – but I’ve got the fight back in me as we head to Croft, another BMW-friendly circuit.
I can’t wait to keep pushing!