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Senna Proctor: ‘We can definitely move up’

Senna Proctor enjoyed another consistent weekend in the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton, with the Excelr8 Motorsport driver securing three points finishes and his seventh top ten of the year.

Proctor was the strongest of the Suffolk team’s two drivers at the Hampshire circuit, finishing in the points in all three races.

Proctor had earlier on Saturday edged out team-mate Chris Smiley to claim bragging rights amongst the two Hyundai drivers, putting his i30 N Fastback in 13th on the grid, just two thousandths ahead of the Northern Irishman.

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Race one saw Proctor gain two places to 11th, benefitting from team-work with Smiley to hold position and then move forwards when Jake Hill spun and Colin Turkington retired on the road ahead.

A similar story came in race two when Proctor again held position and gained a position through the retirement of Adam Morgan ahead of him.

Missing out on the reverse grid for race three, Proctor was unable to achieve what he had managed earlier in the day in holding position and he ultimately lost two places by the finish to end the race in 12th.

“I really enjoyed the racing,” said Proctor, who sits joint tenth in the drivers’ championship standings. “Our race pace is really good; it’s just qualifying that we need to work on.

“I was pushing to bring home points today, we are still in the top ten of the championship and that’s the main goal. We’ve got to keep looking forward now and making progress.”

Proctor is optimistic of further progress in the events to come, starting with Silverstone this weekend.

“If we look forward now, keep pressing and see if we can get any higher, we definitely can move up.

“We’ve got some pace in the car, just need to extract it a little bit better to see how far we can get up the grid.

“We didn’t quite have the consistency of the front boys and I struggled a little all weekend with pace.

“However, we have a direction now for Silverstone and I expect to hit the ground running there.”

Team Owner Justina Williams praised the efforts of the team in setting the cars up for the high-speed circuit with no prior car-specific data to rely upon.

“The whole team must be proud of themselves this weekend,” added Williams. “Coming to Thruxton with no experience of how to set up the brand-new Hyundai, they did a fantastic job to keep us in the points and even picking up a top ten finish.

“Thank you to all our sponsors for the support they have given us this weekend. It was fantastic to see the Hyundai i30 trailblazing around a unique and challenging circuit that gave us plenty to take away as we look to Silverstone.”

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