Fabrizio Giovanardi admitted he had enjoyed his first run in the Ford Focus he will campaign in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this season following a successful day of testing at Brands Hatch this week.

The Italian will spearhead the Airwaves Racing team on his return to the series in 2014, having last appeared on the grid during the opening rounds of the 2010 campaign.

The double champion spent a day on track at the Motorbase-run team's home circuit in what was his first opportunity to sample an NGTC-spec car and he admitted to quickly feeling at ease behind the wheel.

"Today was fine - it was good to be out there," he said. "People have said these cars can be difficult to drive but I didn't really find that. In my mind it doesn't matter - a car is a car and I have to understand how it works and see what I can do to improve it. The Indy circuit is a tough circuit and a difficult one to judge progress on a day like today but the car has run well."

Team boss David Bartrum was also pleased with the way Giovanardi's first run with the team had panned out.

"Today was all about FG getting comfortable in the car," he said. "He's getting used to the feel, gear changes, seating position, pedals - everything. We want to be able to provide him with a fast and comfortable car, and then he'll go out and do the job for us, as his attention to detail is second to none.

"We've used the 2013 car today and you'll notice the new car will look a bit different. We hope to be in the 2014 car next week, which is when the real work will begin, but today is a great start.

"We've been able to make some aero changes and looked at every aspect of the car in order to improve it. We have another one-day test at Brands Hatch next week and then we'll really start to crank it up with a few two-day runs at Snetterton and Oulton Park, before we come back here, and then of course we have the Media Day at Donington Park. We have six or seven test days in total, which is great."