Jason Plato has gone quickest for Team BMR at the Donington Park pre-season test while reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington made it a VW one-two just six-thousandths behind.

Plato and Turkington began their Team BMR careers in perfect fashion after launching their Volkswagen CC machines to the head of the BTCC pile as the top-five could only be separated by just a further tenth of-a-second around the former Grand Prix circuit.

Last year's top-two managed to set their eye-catching pace earlier in the day before a rain shower towards the end of the four hour session halted any chance of further progress from the rest of the field.

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Behind the leading CC's came the pair of Mercedes Benz A-Class', which was led by the young Scot of Aiden Moffat in third position. Moffat has switched to the A-Class challenger after spending his debut BTCC campaign in the Chevrolet Cruze.

WIX Racing's Adam Morgan set a near identical time to his younger Mercedes team mate Moffat but was ultimately four-thousandths shy of the Laser Tools entry.

Jack Goff enjoyed a positive start to his Triple Eight MG career in fifth position as the former Team BMR driver ended his first official outing for the legendary touring squad two-tenths quicker than his champion team mate Andrew Jordan in sixth position.

Still only half-a-second off the peak speed, Hunter Abbott indicated the Rob Austin Racing Audi A4's may be in good shape for the 2015 season after setting the seventh quickest time ahead of Warren Scott in eighth, who made it three BMR Volkswagens to make the top ten.

Equally as encouraging, Eurotech's Martin Depper posted the ninth best time of the day after spending much of the 2014 struggling for pace. Depper's Honda Civic was closely followed by the WSR BMW of Sam Tordoff in tenth.

Notably Matt Neal was the twelfth quickest driver on the Honda Civic Type-R's official debut outing while his team mate Gordon Shedden was 18th.

Shedden's running did endure a minor hiccup when his new Civic stopped on circuit, subsequently triggering the days first of two red flag periods.

Although present at the Media Day, the two Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing machines did not manage to turn a wheel as the team still await final engine components for their Q50 challengers.

Despite announcing his place on the grid, Nic Hamilton didn't complete any running as the AmD Tuning driver will undertake a program of testing in preparation for his maiden BTCC foray at Croft later this year.

Also not completing any mileage at Donington Park, was WSR's Andy Priaulx. Priaulx was absent from the Media test due to his European Le Mans commitments in France.