Nathaniel Powers has confessed to fearing he "might never win again" prior to his victory in the Chinese V-Prix.
Powers went 61 races without winning - the longest gap between victories for any driver in the history of Formula Virtual - after leaving Franklin following his championship triumph in 2013 and joining Downton.
The British driver was visibly overjoyed with his first win in three-and-a-half years, nearly as much as third placed Arden Hutchinson, who secured his maiden podium.
"This victory is by far my sweetest because of the journey we've been on here at Downton since 2014. We have put years of development into this car, and to see it finally pay off is just incredible."
"I knew we'd do it eventually; but after America in 2014, my two races with Westwood at the end of 2015, and especially after the first few races this season I feared I might never win again. The car was there, and I knew I was capable, but seemingly nothing was going to go my way."
When team principal Bradley Downton was asked afterwards about his thoughts on Powers' comments he simply stated: "I know, he told me as much himself. I know he has the belief in the car and the team, and that wasn't what had waned, it was simply the luck. I am delighted for him though. We showed him the plan before he joined and he agreed to it, but admittedly it has been tough at times. For a driver of Nathaniel's quality to stick with us through those times shows just how determined he was to make this work."
Downton was also quizzed on Klaas van Snelheid's apparent quick exit from the circuit following the race, resulting in the Dutchman missing the official press conference. "He's still young and learning, and he was very upset with his performance today as he felt he should have won. To salvage second - while admittedly lucky due to the various incidents that befell our rivals - is a brilliant save, and once he's calmed down I imagine he will appreciate that."
"We will deal with the fallout in due course, but for now he has decided it best to be alone. Personally I like to see this, the passion. It shows he has heart and cares, and isn't just one of these PR robots."