COMEBACK kings Glen Richards and Scott Smart gave points scoring performances at Oulton Park, recording bests of 12th and 14th in their first premier class race for the Swadlincote-based Anvil Hire TAG Racing squad.
Substituting for the injured Mitchell Carr and Richard Cooper, the former British Superbike front men brought their Kawasaki ZX-10Rs home just outside the points in 16th and 19th place during Saturday's sun-drenched 15-lap opener, before improving in each of Sunday's damp-but-drying 18 lappers.
Richards (pictured right) finished 14th and 12th for six championship points.
Richards said: "It's all gone well and we've moved forward in every session. Qualifying went quite well and I was able to put together some good laps, but Saturday's race was my first on a full-blown superbike for many years and I struggled a bit with race fitness.
"We were able to get into the points in race two despite a small problem with the gear selector and then it was fantastic not only to finish 12th in the third race, but also to be much closer to the front.
"I've enjoyed the weekend and hopefully I've helped with moving on the bike's development.
"The guys in the team seemed to be happy enough as well, and to go through a whole weekend and not have a crash from any of the five riders in conditions like those is good going."
Smart finished 15th and 14th in what was his first meeting since breaking his neck and back in a non-racing incident over the winter months.
He said: "I'm quite happy, especially considering the last time I raced was in October and since then I've had a broken neck and back!
"Barring a few laps at Mallory Park a few weeks ago, I hadn't even ridden a motorcycle in that time and was able to take a second and a half from my lap time just through getting more time.
"It was good to score some points and overall I'm happy with my physical fitness, as I expected to be a lot more tired than I was."
In the British Supersport Championship, Sam Hornsey took the TAG Performance Centre prepared Triumph Daytona 675 to tenth place in Saturday's dry ten-lap sprint race, before improving to ninth in Sunday's 15-lapper, which started on a wet track that dried out.
Racing brothers Gary and Shaun Winfield rode the team's Kawasaki ZX-10Rs in the National Superstock 1000 race.
The Swadlincote duo had solid performances in the 14-lap race, with Shaun coming home in 21st and Gary 30th.
Team boss Steve Randle said: "We're really happy with how it's gone. We've made improvements with the bike and got some good feedback from both superbike riders.
"Sam also did an excellent job in the supersport race. He was fastest in the wet morning warm-up and did really well to break clear of the group he was in, setting some front running lap times when he got clear track ahead of him."