Bolton cyclist Jason Kenny had to make do with a silver medal in the latest round of the Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow.
Alongside teammates Ed Clancy and Philip Hindes, the Olympic champion finished in second place, with a time of 44.175 seconds, behind Germany (43.887) in the Team Pursuit.
But it was only their second competitive ride together, with Clancy filling the hole left by Sir Chris Hoy. And Kenny is convinced the trio will be challenging for major honours soon.
The Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Minsk in February.
"We've definitely got potential to go really, really fast in this combination. We just need to do the same again but a bit quicker now," said Kenny.
Britain won two titles on the opening day, in the women's team pursuit and the women's team sprint.