Team Aon secured its first piece of silverware during the opening rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, although team principal Mike Earle admitted he would prefer to secure trophies on speed rather than reliability.
Tom Chilton and new team-mate Alan Morrison picked up three finishes apiece from the opening races of the campaign, but both were hampered by a lack of straight line speed with the new Ford Focus ST.
Indeed, the cars were amongst the slowest through the speed trap located on the start/finish straight throughout the weekend, with plenty of work to be done ahead of the second round of the year later this month at Thruxton – the quickest circuit on the BTCC calendar.
The positive from the weekend for the Arena-run outfit was the reliability of the cars, which allowed Team Aon to lift the constructors' trophy for the final race after outscoring rivals VX Racing and Team Dynamics, but Earle said he would prefer to pick up silverware because the cars were running at the front rather than because others had run into problems.
“Unfortunately we experienced a power delivery problem with both cars all weekend.” He said. “We decided after qualifying that our best option was to use the three races as an extended test session to make up for our lack of pre-season running and to that end it was successful.
“Whilst it was nice to be awarded the Constructor's Trophy we are obviously more interested in receiving silverware for race results rather than the reliability that we've shown this weekend.
“We are taking the necessary steps to address the power problem and I'm confident it will be resolved before the next rounds at Thruxton in three weeks time.”