Nicolas Hamilton has had his first taste of the car with which he will contest selected BTCC rounds this season in testing at Brands Hatch on Friday.
The Motorbase team says it is hopeful of a return to the BTCC at Snetterton after testing its 2015-spec Ford Focuses at Brands Hatch.
BTCC points leader Matt Neal says he feels "invigorated" by adopting a fresh approach to his racing career following a subdued 2014 season.
Gordon Shedden has praised the efforts of the factory Honda BTCC team following an unexpectedly strong debut race meeting for the brand new Civic Type-R, which took two out of a possible three wins last weekend at Brands Hatch.
Heavyweights join Volkswagen squad to take on best of British tin-top racers.