Proctor’s victory was a ‘redemption’ after ‘messing up the start’ in Race 1

Senna Proctor described his Race 3 winning outcome as a ‘redemption’ after he struggled to convert his maiden pole to a victory in Race 1.

Senna Proctor claimed his maiden pole position at Oulton Park despite earning a race win, plus two other podium appearances, in the 2018 season.

The 22-year-old beat Gordon Shedden and Dan Rowbottom to start Race 1 from the front, but also found himself on pole in Race 3 where he claimed victory.

“This week has been the highs and lows,” Proctor reflected.

“I messed up the (Race 1) start and that really just hurt us all [in] Race 1 and Race 2.

“I felt like that (third) race was redemption really. I’ve proved what I could have done, but it’s just frustrating to do as a reverse grid race.

“We probably have really good pace in qualifying and in the races now. We can certainly push on for the rest of the year.”

Proctor feeling ‘over the moon’ after taking first BTCC pole

Having been brought in since Michael Crees’ departure, and Dan Cammish’s cameo Thruxton appearance, he returned to the championship after parting with EXCELR8 last year.

At the beginning of Race 1, the two Team Dynamics Hondas who were his chief rivals in qualifying both had smoother getaways, thus they took the lead at Turn 1.

Race 2 saw the BTC Racing driver in the midfield but managed to finish ninth which happened to put him on pole position from Rory Butcher’s reverse grid draw.

Positions sixth to ninth were the main target in the second race, thus intensifying the midfield battles on Oulton Park’s narrow circuit.

Proctor commented on his second getaway in Race 3, when a multi-car accident after just two corners restarted the race.

Contact at Turn 1 between Proctor and Sutton ended with the reigning champion into a 360 degree spin – Credit: BTCC

Side-by-side contact between him and Ash Sutton sent the two-time champion into a spin before again making contact again but with Carl Boardley to significantly damage his right-rear suspension.

“We got away really well. I was quite surprised, because Race 1 was still playing on my mind a bit.

“Me and Ash [Sutton] went through Turn 1 together. And whatever happened, I think there was space for him to go on the outside. I think he just turned in a little quick on me and the result was the result.

“You know, I think to be honest, we were we were pretty quick anyway, so I’ve been the result would have been the same.”

Proctor’s first win of the season concluded his strongest haulage of points at a weekend so far.