Gordon Shedden insists he and his Honda Yuasa squad are beginning to 'unlock the secrets' of their new Civic Tourer BTCC challenger.

Honda, for the 2014 season, has opted to run the estate version of the Civic model, which has been the winning car for the past three seasons.

Shedden, who took the BTCC title with Civic hatchback in 2012, says most of the work over the winter has been to replicate the hatchbacks characteristics within the new Tourer machine.

"The first thing to say is that the Civic Tourer looks mega - really awesome," said Shedden.

"So much work has gone on over the winter to try to replicate the heartbeat of the Civic hatchback, which has obviously been such a potent weapon and the BTCC benchmark for the past couple of years.

"We ran the first Tourer back-to-back with the Civic hatchback, which was tremendously beneficial and provided us with some really interesting information.

"We've made huge progress from where we started with this car and now we're starting to unlock its secrets - which is tremendously exciting for the year ahead."

Shedden and teammate Matt Neal finished today's Donington running second and sixth in the Tourer's first public run.