SAM Randon showed good pace for his new team in the Michelin Clio Cup Series at Snetterton.
The Ashbourne teenager battled well against the top drivers but had to settle for ninth place in the opening race and failed to finish the second after contact with other cars.
"I was determined to deliver a result for headline sponsors Greenbank Group and all the sponsors and supporters who helped get me back on track," said the 19-year-old JCB apprentice.
Damage incurred during the last round at Brands Hatch all but wiped out his remaining funding for the year.
But with additional support from sponsors, plus a swap to Derby-based 20Ten Racing, he was soon up to speed during testing at the Norfolk track.
Qualifying proved more problematic and he found himself in the middle of the grid for the first race but he made up several places from his 11th-place starting slot.
He said: "My car felt good at the start of the race and I stayed with the leaders' pace and even gained a little as they fought each other.
"But I could never quite get close enough to join the group before my tyres started to degrade and the understeer it created meant I could not maintain those laps times and stay with them."
The 20-minute second race was over in 20 seconds for Randon.
As the lights went out and the cars accelerated from the start, he became embroiled in a four-car battle.
Contact was inevitable, two of the cars spun out and a rear tyre on Randon's machine was punctured.
"I made a good start," he explained, "but so did others around me and the lightest of contact somewhere between the four of us started a series of events that, this time, resulted in me coming off worst," he said.
The climax to series will be in three weeks' time at Croft.