NICK Halstead continued his excellent rookie season in the Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Thruxton with two more podiums.

The 45-year-old from Andwell near Old Basing collected a couple of third places at his home circuit and was delighted with his days work.

Racing in the amateur class of the GT5 series he qualified third and managed to maintain this position to the line.

In his second race he had a real dice with Mike Jarvis as he just missed out on second spot.

The results leaves him third in the driver’s championships Halstead said: “I am delighted with two three places, but I should have finished second in race two as I passed him so many times, but then lost it at the chicane every time.

“While I recognise that I still have a lot to learn in terms of race craft due to my inexperience, this weekend is a great step in the right direction.”

Halstead’s long term ambition is to drive in the British GT Championships having only turned seriously to four wheel racing a couple of years after having started motorbike racing at 17.

The next Ginetta GT5s event is at Silverstone GP circuit on the weekend of June 10 and 11, as part of the British GT series.

Halstead said: “I love Silverstone and I am really looking forward to racing there again and hopefully continuing my excellent run of results.”