After winning all 5 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championships between them last year, the two Honda teams, Honda Yuasa Racing team and Pirtek Racing, are certainly not holding on their success from last year as both have teams have been putting in the miles over the last 2 days at a freezing cold Thruxton race circuit in Hampshire.
Both teams have already enjoyed a test a piece with Honda Racing having tested at Rockingham, as they helped Dunlop with their new super soft tyre evaluation which all competitors will have to run in one race over the weekend at 9 of the 10 events, and Pirtek Racing having completed a two day test at Brands Hatch.
Each day was split up into 4 55 minute sessions with the 4 Honda’s sharing the circuit alongside fellow drivers from the BTCC supporting categories and some slower historic cars also thrown in to make things a little trickier.
After a foggy start on day 1, things brightened up in the afternoon with plenty of sunshine despite the freezing cold conditions. All 4 drivers made the most of the dry completing plenty of running, pushing harder as the day progressed, without any issues.
The conditions were just as cold for day 2 although there wasn’t the fog from the day before. Honda however opted to leave the day early departing after session two, though during that second session of the day Shedden’s car didn’t appear at all as he instead borrowed his team mate Neal’s car.
Speaking after the test the 2012 champion said, “It’s been pretty successful and dry. We are trying some new tweaks to the car this year as we obviously know everyone has been improving over the winter and we still want to be out in front during 2013. We have got a few things of our own that we are working on and some things are good, some need a little bit more work but at the moment it’s really, really positive.”
For Pirtek, after only receiving their car in March last year, they have already managed more tests than they did last year before the annual launch of the series at Media day.
His comments become even more relevant, not just because the next time that the teams hit the Thruxton track will be for free practice 1 during the race weekend itself. but also when you think back to last year’s Thruxton event the first time that the Next Generation Touring Cars have raced at the circuit; the entire weekend apart from qualifying took part in heavy rain, and who took the pole in that session? Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan.