Motherwell biker Deane Brown got off the mark with his first championship point for his new team in the National Superstock 1000 class at Thruxton.
The 21-year-old, without a team since leaving Team Appleyard last year in acrimonious circumstances, made his debut for his new outfit Opus Energy Brabus Racing at Thruxton.
Having just joined the team in the week before the race, he was keen to get his first race under his belt and went out in qualifying determined to record a fast time on the Kawasaki.
He completed qualifying in a strong 12th place and started his race from a fourth row grid position.
As the race got under way Deane took his time to settle into his race rhythm and found himself circulating in 17th place for the majority of the 16 laps. But the action was very close and he was always in contention for a points finish.
On the final lap Deane made a concerted effort to pass Tom Tunstall and Mike Booth and on the drag to the flag he made the move stick to cross the finish line in 15th place and pick up his first championship point for the team.
Team manager Shaun Boyle said: “Deane has settled to the Kawasaki very well. We had a run out at Donington Park last week and he was very much on the pace there.
“This week we came to Thruxton which is the fastest circuit on the race calendar.
“It is also notoriously bumpy but Deane sailed through free practice and qualifying and then recorded a points finish.”