Derek Palmer Jr declares his Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing squad can progress this year despite the Q50 challenger not turning a wheel at the BTCC Donington Park media test.

The Infiniti factory squad - in partnership with Support Our Paras - was present at the Donington Media day but an issue in obtaining final components for the RWD Q50 meant the team did not complete any running.

Nevertheless, Palmer said just reaching the media day and being able to display the almost race-ready Infiniti challenger was a huge achievement in itself given how far the project has come in a short space of time.

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"Yeah, we're finally here, it's eventually crept up on us," Palmer Jr told crash.net. "We've been working so hard to get to this point and be ready. It wasn't until we arrived here in the morning and the car was on the grid, it really hit home what the team has achieved in such a short space of time.

"We started with nothing but a concept. New team, new car, new garage and we're here. We've got a few creases to iron out before we can move forward but we'll get that sorted so we're looking forward to Brands Hatch."

To heighten the challenge, Palmer himself - along with his team mate Richard Hawken - is a rookie to the BTCC but hopes he and the team should be able to squeeze in a couple of days running prior to Brands Hatch.

"I think from a driver's perspective it's definitely going to be a massive challenge. I'd have liked to have had more time in the car before the season starts but we should still get a couple of days done," the Infiniti driver continued.

"Obviously the more days running you do the more you understand what you have beneath you. We knew it was going to be tight so we're not that surprised.

"We'll acclimatise fine, we've just got to make sure we've got a structured program and every time we're out on the circuit we learn something.

"Brands Hatch is probably going to be the best and hardest race of the year for us because obviously it's our first race but also because we're going to have to get through a lot. We've done it before and we'll do it again, so we've just got to make the best of it."

Finally Palmer stated that track time and reliability will be the main point of course at Brands Hatch as the 28-year old intends to repay his Support Our Paras Racing squad.

"Finishing would be ideal, reliability would be a good thing but if we can finish inside the top-20 we'd be over the moon with that - just to give us a good baseline more than anything on where we want to go," said Palmer.

"There's always pressure. The guys have put so much work into this - as does every other team in the paddock - so you don't want to go out there and disappoint them.

"It's something to think with our guys in the services because they've served the country and done us proud along with being injured in action. So the least I can do is go and do a good job out there for them."