KYLE Owen-Bradshaw overcame mechanical complications and the disappointment of an earlier failure to finish sixth in round four of the VAG Trophy at Brands Hatch.

As the Slough-based driver stepped out of his car after the race he was visibly pumped. He had proved to his guests and sponsors, but more importantly to himself, that he has what it takes to be a real contender this season.

If he could pull off a result like that after all of the setbacks then the rest of the season was looking very promising for him and the team.

After his amazing drive, Owen-Bradshaw said: “Starting from the back of the grid ended with a very enjoyable race which showed exactly what I’m capable of.

“I can’t help but think about what could have been if I had finished race one but this is racing and unfortunate events happen from time to time.

“It just proved to me that I have the ability to mix it with the best of them and in such a competitive series.

“I was elated to have made up 11 places and, given more time, I’m confident that further places could have been gained.

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PHOTO: Kyle Owen-Bradshaw (four from the right) with his team at Brands Hatch.

“I owe so much to Tony Gilham, team principal of Team Hard Racing, for giving me such a fabulous opportunity to mix it with the best of them.

“But, none of this would have been possible without my partner, Getac, who I’m massively elated to be representing. They were out in force at this event and race two showed them just how I can promote rugged determination and resilience to get the results in what is only my rookie year of racing.

“Thank you Getac for all of your continued support, and a big thank you to my mechanics who persisted to get my car back to running how it should for the main event.

“I feel truly blessed to represent so many that have supported me, and look forward to continuing to represent them for many years to come.”

He added: “With the next round taking place at Thruxton this Saturday I look forward to putting on another great show.”

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