Mike Bushell has guided his AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus to 16th during FP1 at Oulton Park despite still being battered and bruised from his violent Thruxton shunt one month ago.

The AmD Tuning.com driver took to the circuit for the first time since his high speed collision with Handy Motorsport's Simon Belcher, which left both outfit's on the brink of missing this weekend's action.

Such was the damage incurred from accident, the monumental repair work of Bushell's Ford Focus led right up until yesterday, meaning the reigning Renault Clio Cup champion was unable to complete a shakedown prior to Oulton Park.

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Whilst setting the 16th quickest time around the Cheshire circuit, Bushell says he is still enduring some degree of discomfort while admitting he may need surgery following a pending MRI scan.

"It's incredible. The car was only finished at eight o'clock yesterday. We didn't even have a chance to give the car a shakedown," Bushell told crash.net.

"FP1 was our first opportunity to see if the car was OK. Everything seems to be OK and I'm really happy to be P16 and close to that top-ten pack.

"I'm actually really sore at the moment. My hip is hurting as it's all on the pressure point of where the belts sit and that's right on the bruised part. Just going to have to take the painkillers and get on with it.

"Four weeks isn't that long since I had the crash. I'm still waiting on a MRI to see what the damage is, so I'm probably going to need surgery."

Finally, Bushell thanked the fans for their overwhelming response in aftermath of the Thruxton events. A crowd funding initiative helped raise over ?10,000 in aid to the team's restoration of their Ford Focus challenger.

Bushell hopes to repay the outpouring of generosity with some solid points finishes this weekend, something the AmD Tuning driver feels is well within his grasp.

"It's been incredible. I can't thank people enough for what they've done. They don't want much in return, that's the thing," Bushell continued.

"We could be looking at starting P10 for race two on our current performance, we'll see. It feels good at the moment. I did my best time well very late on in the session. We just did a long race run, which was very consistent. I've just got to get the best out of the car!"