Double British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington has said his eleventh place qualifying result was probably the best Team BMR could have hoped for on the Subaru Levorg's maiden voyage at Brands Hatch.
Having just completed one straight-line shakedown at Millbrook prior to this weekend, Subaru Team BMR are effectively undergoing a highly public phase of testing as the reigning teams' title holders get to grips with the revolutionary Levorg GT.
Turkington proved to be the highest qualifier of the four Levorg runners - less than 0.5's off pole-sitter Tom Ingram - after making a late charge to line up eleventh, while Jason Plato, Warren Scott and James Cole ended up 23rd, 27th and 29th respectively.
"It was a good lap. We've made the car a little bit better through the day. That was probably more than what we could do today," Turkington told Crash.net. "I don't think I can do 24 laps at that pace, so we'll see what tomorrow brings!
"The track was dry at the end. We made a small change for that third run and it was better. We're still learning how to drive the car as well."
While the true pace of the Levorg may not yet be evident, each of four Subaru's have contributed to an impressive haul of mileage, giving Turkington reason for optimism over the potential of the package.
"This is our first run out. We've got 40 minutes for each session so we've only got time for two changes to the set up really. We're scrubbing tyres and still bedding brakes in. We're doing things we usually do in shakedowns, which means sacrificing a lot of track time," Turkington continued.
"We're doing OK though and that proves the base of the package has got good potential."
Nevertheless, Turkington admits that tomorrow will be a step into the unknown as the Levorg makes it race debut.
"We've only done short runs so I have no idea where the car is in terms of race pace. Tomorrow is going to be a whole new experience for us. At least we've got some data to look through. We'll not change too much tomorrow because we don't know where we're going."