Seb Perez showed more top ten pace and fighting spirit during rounds 11 and 12 of the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship at Snetterton.
The Chesterfield-based teenager was racing at the Norfolk track in a fiercely competitive field for the championship, which is contested by 14 to 17 year-old racers.
Perez qualified 12th fastest, next to former championship leader Senna Proctor, and just a second away from pole position in a two minutes 20 seconds lap.
“It was fairly good and my first lap was my quickest. I got P12 but it was pretty close,” he said.
He then finished a very strong tenth in the first race, just a couple of seconds back from the seven-car pack battling for third place and well clear of the next group of cars.
Perez was forced to retire from the second race after three laps.
“I got sandwiched between two cars and it flicked the bonnet up,” he said. “I tried to keep going and could only see the top brake lights of the car in front.
“I tried to shake the bonnett off but it wouldn’t go and just got worse, so I had to pull off. It was a real disappointment.”
He added: “I’m really looking forward to Knockhill. I’ve never driven the circuit myself but co-drove for dad in his Ford Focus WRC rally car there earlier this year. I don’t think anyone really knows the track so it should be a bit of an equaliser.”