Rick Kerry and Nick Leason have completed more mileage at the wheel of the AFM Racing BMW 120d as the pair continue with testing ahead of the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

The pair had aimed to race the car during 2008 but instead elected to focus their attention on returning to the track next year with the diesel-powered machine - which Kerry raced throughout 2007.

Following on from a day of running at Prodrive's test facility, the duo headed to Silverstone, along with a number of potential sponsors, to continue their off-season programme, although a split inlet manifold hit their progress.

"This unfortunately reduced our power output but did not stop the day for us," Kerry said. "It was just a small set back on the day but we are happy with the results so far. We still have a few modifications to do that we know will improve our pace even further. Hopefully these can be done with the required resources and budget in the next few weeks."

Leason meanwhile was pleased with the improvements made to the car, despite the set-back.

"It was a shame we were hampered slightly on the day but it's important that we just keep moving forward and do as much testing as possible over the next few months," he said. "Other systems and set-up work responded well, giving us much needed data to compare with the 2008 BTCC data we have.

"Every time we test we make improvements, which is what we want. This is a great opportunity which the whole team is very excited about and fully committed to. Testing is important to us now and getting the mileage and confidence for both of us. The 2009 BTCC will be an exciting year for us which we are looking forward to."

The team is now set to test at a number of circuits over the coming months.



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