BTCC legend Alain Menu believes a lack of testing and data has hindered his BMR squad's season so far.
Menu could only manage a best result of seventh during rounds seven, eight and nine at the Thruxton circuit.
The 1997 and 2000 BTCC-champion had expected to be fighting for a top four slot in qualifying but quickly released the scale of the task once he took to the circuit on Saturday morning.
“For sure coming into here I thought top four in qualifying would be on the cards then we realised in FP1 we had a lot to do on the car,” Menu told crash.net
“The car was not very nice to drive, so then P9 in qualifying was pretty much the best we could do.”
Menu said he and his BMR team had almost treated the Sunday races as a test session in a bid to collect much needed data and gain a better understanding of their VW CC.
“For the races we changed the car and in some ways we treated them as a test session. The problem we have, as I said from the beginning, it's a new team, new car and we don't have any data to fall back on like the top teams do which go back years,” he said.
“So they know exactly what to do and we don't, but we did improve the car. It should have been and could have been a good weekend; race three could have been good for us.”
Menu refuted the popular consensus that he and his BMR VW arrived at Thruxton as one of the favourites to score a strong result on the basis from Tom Onslow-Cole's decent showing in the car last year at the circuit.
The Swiss said he was never basing his Thruxton prospects on VW's performance last year due to the fact that Onslow-Cole contested the event on maximum boost, which gave the former BTCC driver an obvious power advantage over the rest.
“I said it from the start, you only have to look at the lap times from last year and Onslow-Cole was nine-tenths off in qualifying, so the car wasn't competitive, but nine tenths off he was P7.
“So the championship was as competitive and I don't know how the race panned out but the car was not competitive. Plus he had the maximum boost last year, so he had an extra 15-20 horsepower more than the other guys.”