Will Davison has deemed the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint the most encouraging weekend he has had since starting with Erebus Motorsport in 2014.
The former Championship runner-up and Bathurst 1000 winner is desperate to be more competitive, after finishing last year's season 14th - just his second finish outside the top 10 in the Championship since 2006.
All he wants to be, he says, is competitive - and while the weekend at Symmons Plains did see results go begging, in terms of car performance and consistency, the #9 racer is right where he wants to be.
"I'd say singularly our best and most encouraging weekend since I've been at the team," Davison said in the team's 3M race wrap.
"To [be inside] the top three or four in every session over the weekend is really encouraging and really our priority right now has got to be performance, and when we get that consistently, results will come."
Davison was clearly quick on-track, but over the weekend it was his off-track antics that received more attention.
Qualifying fourth for Saturday's race, he sprung off the start and into a podium position, only to be nudged and turned around by Holden Racing Team's James Courtney.
"The racing side of things - obviously terribly frustrating," he said.
"You can't feel sorry for yourself, but I'm very shattered for the whole team.
"We deserved a result, we worked hard - but that shows how fast the car is and we've just got to make sure we keep our heaps down and keep the speed going on and that hard work will be rewarded really soon."
Although Davison was strong at the Symmons Plains circuit last year, finishing fourth and recording what was the team's best result at the time in the Erebus guise, Davison is hoping the form isn't track-specific this time around.
"We're working hard behind the scenes, we're not talking a big game and I think we've shown great signs this weekend - but we've got to make sure we back that up in Perth and going forwards that we're consistent, but I'm confident we will...
"I think we've surprised some people, so that's good."
Davison is determined to get back to the pointy end; when he switched from regular title challenging team FPR (now Prodrive) to developing squad Erebus for the 2013 season said he wanted to be part of building up a team.
And while he still admits there are small details to correct - and his 21st position on the points table isn't where he'd like to be, also taking into account a tough Clipsal 500 - he believes they're on the rise.
"We didn't score many points this weekend but I'm so encouraged, because all I want to be is competitive and then everything else falls into place," he said.
"We were just genuinely fast - we barely touched the car all weekend and that's the really encouraging thing."
His qualifying results mean Davison has featured in the top 10 in Tasmania over the past 14 races, a stat he was happy with, as he looks ahead to the Perth SuperSprint next month.
"It was just a really positive weekend," he said.
"Unfortunately a couple of podiums [have] gone begging. I was confident we had the car to mix it with the best of them and so it was really fun to get a taste of that.
"[It's] so hard to take, that we were finally there and I couldn't get in when I wanted to - but anyway, all positive, I'll have a great holiday [over the break] and can't wait for Perth."
Davison's teammate Ash Walsh was further back in the pack across the weekend, battling an intermittent electrical issue in his #4 Erebus Motorsport entry across the weekend.