BTCC rookie Adam Morgan enjoyed his first taste of a Speedworks Motorsport-prepared Toyota Avensis on Friday at Donington Park.
The 23-year-old, who won his place on the BTCC grid thanks to his victory in the 2011 Ginetta Supercup, joined his team-mate Tony Hughes to gain some vital pre-season experience of the Leicestershire circuit.
There is just six weeks to go now before the start of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and, with Morgan's all-new Avensis still under construction, his maiden experience of the car was at the wheel of Hughes' Safety Showers-backed machine.
“It was a really good day. I spent most of it in a road car with my driver coach, Paul Taft, getting a feel for front-wheel drive and learning the best lines, which was really useful, and then at the end of the day I had an hour in the Speedworks Toyota,” Morgan explained.
“I absolutely loved the Avensis. I covered about 30 laps, not against the clock but just to get a feel for the car, and every lap I gained confidence and some pace. I'm very pleased with how things went.”
Speedworks team director Christian Dick meanwhile was similarly pleased: “Adam quickly got a handle on things. We put no pressure on him but he soon found his feet with the Toyota,” he continued.
“It was a very productive day's testing with Tony also, and we made some good progress with things changed since our shakedown run last week at Oulton Park. We have a solid testing schedule prepared for the period up to the start of the season and everything is going according to plan.”
That schedule includes two days of testing next week at Brands Hatch - the venue for the 1 April BTCC openers - where Hughes and double BTCC champion James Thompson will drive the Avensis on one day and Morgan the next.
“I can't wait for Brands Hatch,” Morgan added. “The opportunity to work with James Thompson is just fantastic.”