Fan favourite Dan Welch enjoyed one of the best weekends of his BTCC career at Thruxton. Indeed, Dan and his tiny Welch Motorsport team  – running as Goodestone Racing – has enjoyed a strong run thus far in 2016; reverting to the proprietary TOCA engine has brought both speed and reliability to the previously troublesome Proton Persona.

Starting 19th in Race 1, Dan cut a path through to finish ninth. He repeated that result in Race 2 and was drawn on pole position for the first time for the reserve-grid third race of the day.

Only Motors’ roving BTCC reporter, Lewis Maundrell, caught up with Dan before Race 3 to get his thoughts on what he could achieve.

In the event, Dan put in a strong performance. Though he lost out at the start to Mat Jackson’s Motorbase Ford, he held his own in second place until lap five when his car left the track with an apparent suspension/steering failure.

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