Stuart turned around his fortunes in Race 2 proving he has quickly adapted to front wheel drive racing.

Multiple Formula Ford champion Stuart Gough made his second appearance in the Mini Challenge at Rockingham for Rounds 3 and 4 of the championship.

Racing for Team TDF with Moorgate Motorsport Finance, Stuart secured a 9th and 5th position in the two races to climb to 8th position in the championship standings.

The Mini Challenge, which has manufacturer backing from Mini UK, features 32 drivers doing battle in identical race prepared Mini John Cooper Work cars.

Despite having never raced at Rockingham, Stuart showed significant progress during official testing to lap within the top 6 quickest.

However, that form did not carry through to qualifying as his quickest laps were affected by traffic resulting in a frustrating 12th position, especially so when the sector timing showed Stuart had the pace for a top 5 grid start.

Race 1 would see Stuart make a strong start, before he began to suffer with high tyre wear, a symptom of the abrasive track surface at Rockingham. With each passing lap Stuart lost pace finishing in a still respectable 9th position.

Leading up to Race 2, the team and Stuart reviewed the car data from race 1 and made a number of setup changes. From lap 1 is was clear the setup changes had transformed the Mini JCW as Stuart raced to 5th position and 3rd fastest race lap.

A clearly delighted Stuart was full of praise for TDF “The team and I are obviously brand new into the Mini Challenge, together we are learning quickly and Race 2 showed our potential. Huge thanks to the team for giving me an incredible car.

“I guess its slightly bitter sweet as we clearly had potential all weekend to challenge for a podium, but at this stage of still re-chipping from racing single seaters to now a FWD touring car, I could not be happier.

“We showed collectively that we made a good step forward and whilst Snetterton will be a new circuit again, I am hopeful we will carry this momentum forward and battle for podiums”.

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Mini Challenge will take place on May 27th/28th.