Dave Pinkney declared himself impressed with the Team Halfords Honda Civic after getting behind the wheel for a test session in the car at Donington Park earlier this week.
Pinkney, who sat out the 2008 campaign, was given the job of shaking down a new Civic by team boss Steve Neal, with 2008 drivers Tom Chilton and Gordon Shedden both unable to get behind the wheel.
As a result, 51-year-old Pinkney got the chance to have a run in the car and admitted he was impressed.
"It felt fabulous; it's so sorted, even in the damp," he told the BTCC website. "It just sits there and does what you ask of it. I wasn't there to wring its neck – just to lap reasonably quickly as it was a shakedown.
"There was one big sideways moment when I hit some oil at Coppice Corner that someone else had dropped so we called it a day, but it's a great car."
Pinkney added he was love to return to the BTCC in 2009 after plans to run a full-season in British GT this year ultimately fell through.
"Of course I want to get back into the BTCC," he said. "It's one of the best championships in the world and by far the best championship in Britain. You can go and do something else, but what is the point?
"It's the buzz of competing at the top, the levels of professionalism that the BTCC offers that I want to be a part of."