Mike Gardner was disappointed not to get pole position for the first Luna Logistics Classic FFord Championship race at Thruxton despite not having raced for a year.
Two-time champion Gardner had the fastest time for the majority of qualifying but fell down to third in the latter stages.
Although he has not raced for just over a year due to injury, he was hoping he could have taken pole on his return.
“It was the first time in the car [a Crossle 32F] for just over a year so I haven’t really tested it,” Gardner told FF1600website.
“I was hoping for a bit better but I think second [he actually finished third] is reasonable.”
Gardner felt that he missed out on pole due to being unable to get a tow, and he and Rick Morris had been “tripping over each other” in order to get a clean lap.
Despite being unhappy about missing out on pole, Gardner is still pleased to be back racing.
“I broke five tendons in my shoulder so I have just had those built,” said Gardner.
“I had the sling off two weeks ago, so I’ve got five bone anchors with tendons attached to them now. I’ve been really looking forward to getting back in the car. It’s been a bit frustrating, a year not being able to race.”
Gardiner retired from the first race of the weekend to an issue that also put him out of the second race.