Tempus Sport has completed the first test session with the Chevrolet Lacetti it will use for the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The team joined the works Chevrolet World Touring Car Championship squad for two days of running at the new Portimao circuit in the Algarve, with Harry Vaulkhard completing over 300km of running at the wheel of the car.
The test also provided the team with mixed weather conditions, with the opening day of running being on a wet circuit but the track drying on the second day.
"This was a strong first test for us and I think we look set for a very good year ahead," team manager Richard Coleman said. "The car performed faultlessly and Harry looked superb behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the Portuguese weather didn't quite deliver what we ordered, but as we'll be racing in the UK any running in wet conditions is clearly very valuable!"
Vaulkhard, who will enter his second season in the BTCC after a year in an older-spec Lacetti with Robertshaw Racing in 2008, said he was impressed with the new car.
"The new car is certainly a big step forward from the one I used last year and I'm very positive after having my first run in it," he said. "The difference in how the car handles is night and day - it felt like it had more grip in the wet than the old car in the dry!
"It does exactly what you want it to, which is want you want from a race car. The whole set-up with the team is very professional, and working alongside RML is fantastic. I can't wait to get back behind the wheel in Estoril."
With the works team also in action, Rob Huff – who completed the shakedown of the Tempus car prior to its delivery – was also able to spend time behind the wheel to allow the team to complete comparison work.
The team now heads to Estoril to continue its testing programme.