Team sunshine.co.uk has completed its first test with the Honda Integra it will campaign during the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship with a day of running at Silverstone.
Paul O'Neill and Martyn Bell shared driving duties in of the team's two Integras, which were purchased during the winter from Mike Jordan and will be campaigned this year by Tech-Speed, the same team that ran Bell's Arkas Racing Astra during 2008.
Despite a busy circuit, which also included AFM Racing's diesel-powered BMW 1 Series, Bell said the team was thrilled with his the first test had gone, with the session being used as a shakedown ahead of the media day at Rockingham next week.
“Paul went out and turned laps in the morning and then I went out in the afternoon,” he said. “We only used old tyres but were lapping quicker than the Astra despite the traffic and it was a good day, with the weather meaning we got to run in a range of conditions.
“Personally, I hadn't driven a race car in anger since Brands Hatch and haven't driven a right-hand drive race car for three years but it only took ten laps or so to feel comfortable. There is a lot of promise there and I'm positive we will get better results with the Honda, you can certainly see why the car has won titles. We're very pleased with how the shakedown went and the Honda certainly lived up to expectations, as we knew it would when we bought it from the Jordans.”