Rotek Racing continue to take strides forwards in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Despite having never raced on the Corby circuit prior to this weekend, Rotek Racing’s Holland was quick to pick up from where he left off at Knockhill, as the BTCC crossed back over the border into England for the eighth meeting of Britain’s premier motor racing championship.
Having scored the team’s first point at Snetterton last month, Holland’s sole objective was to add to that tally as he lined-up 24th for the first of the weekend’s three races.
As the vast array of touring cars lined-up on the grid for the first time, the four red lights went out and Holland, who was one of seven drivers that opted to start on the softer, but less durable Dunlop tyres, wrestled his Audi’s wheelspin and fell into the clutches of the faster-starting Glynn Geddie as the 31-car field sprinted towards the banked Turn 1.
Holland latched onto the rear wing of his United Autosports rival throughout much of the 18-lap contest, which was interrupted by the Safety Car following a heavy collision between Lea Wood and Warren Scott at the Deene hairpin.
The Oakley Motorsports-backed Holland became embroiled in several bumper-to-bumper battles with the more experienced drivers on the grid, before making an opportunistic dive up the inside of Marc Hynes at the Brook chicane to snatch 21st on the final lap.
With six places separating him and the points, Holland lined-up on the grid for the second race full of determination, aiming to propel his new-for-2014 Audi S3 saloon up the leaderboard.