CIRENCESTER'S Louis Wall produced two highly encouraging performances in testing wet conditions in the second round of the Superkart 125cc Championship at Snetterton, finishing fourth overall.
The 25-year-old, competing in this class for the first time, was beset by mechanical issues on his opening outing of the season at Brands Hatch.
But in this second round he finished fourth and then fifth in the two races, claiming fourth overall to boost hopes of making an even bigger impression in the third round of the championship, at Anglesea in July.
Wall said: "There's a lot to build on for the rest of the season.
"We struggled for pace in qualifying on the Saturday in dry conditions, and I then got off to a bad start and lost a few places in the first race.
"But in the wet conditions I managed to fight my way back through the pack and got up to fourth - my wet tyres were brilliant in the middle stages but started to lose their edge towards the end.
"For race two, I started in fifth place (based on the order of quickest laps from race one) and got away well, holding my position.
"I gained a place and was catching third but out braked in a tight right hand corner and spun so lost three places but kept going and eventually finished fifth for fourth overall for the weekend.
" It was a vast improvement in every way from Brands Hatch. The kart, myself and the engine were all better and it was good fun cornering in the wet at around 95mph.
"Hopefully we can kick on and do even better in Anglesea."
Before that trip to North Wales, Wall - who is sponsored by KwikFit’s Cirencester branch, the Mansell Collection and the UK Youth charity - has the next round of the Superkart 250cc Championship at Silverstone on June 7/8 to look forward to.