First test for BTCC's teams
More than a dozen of BTCC’s cars completed a test-day at Thruxton on Tuesday (18 February). One of the undisputed stars was the Honda’s new Civic Tourer, which made its first public appearance ahead of its debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this year. Both Matt Neal and Honda Yuasa Racing team-mate Gordon Shedden took turns behind the wheel of the sole Tourer, whilst the squad also ran its 2013 Civic as the two machines continue to be compared and evaluated. Defending champion Andrew Jordan (picture) and BTCC returnee Martin Depper headed out in Pirtek Racing’s Civic hatchbacks.
Other BTCC attendees included Rob Austin (Audi A4), as well as West Surrey Racing’s trio of Bmw 125i M Sports for former title-winner Colin Turkington and local drivers Rob Collard and Nick Foster.
Sam Tordoff and Series newcomer Marc Hynes were present in the Triple Eight-run MG6, as were United Autosports Toyota Avensis duo Glynn Geddie and James Cole.
Chevrolet Cruze driver Aiden Moffatt, who last year became the youngest driver ever to race in the championship aged just 16, was also in action. His day ended prematurely, however, after suffering an early morning accident.
Last week Tom Ingram completed his first test in the Speedworks Toyota Avensis at Silverstone, the same track where Simon Belcher drove his Kärcher-liveried Avensis on Friday (14 February) as preparation for his maiden season in the BTCC.