The Panasonic Toyota Racing completed a four-day test on two fronts yesterday [Friday], with Ryan Briscoe wrapping up testing with some wet running at Valencia, while third driver, Ricardo Zonta was in action at Paul Ricard.

Briscoe was charged with tyre testing for Michelin for the most of his four days in Spain, the F3 Euro Series champion completing 338 laps in total, his best a 1 minute 11.950 seconds.

"I am very happy with how the team has worked and with the progress we have made this week," noted the Australian, "especially considering how busy the track was at times and the amount of disruptions due to red lights. We managed to complete our test programme for the week, which consisted mainly of wet and dry weather Michelin tyre tests.

"To complete so much work and so many laps is always a good feeling at the end of a session. I found myself having to adapt to manual shifting again as we began our preparations for the 2004 season and the new regulations that will be introduced.

"The wet tyre testing today [Friday] has shown that there have been noticeable steps in tyre development and performance and I am now looking forward to continuing our winter testing programme next week alongside Ricardo Zonta in Barcelona."

Zonta meanwhile was in action at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, like Briscoe he ran for four days, the Brazilian notched up 237 laps in total, while testing a variety of components destined for next year's car the TF104.

"The test this week was essentially an installation run of our new TF103B car, which has a completely new rear end," explained Zonta, "We used the four days to get a feel for the new engine, gearbox and rear suspension and I was quite impressed with the new components, because we had no real problems all week.

"This is definitely a positive sign for the future. Having said that, it is difficult to draw any real conclusions of this first test with the new car, because there was some inconsistency with the weather conditions, which made it hard to do any back-to-back comparisons. I am certainly pleased to be driving again after a small vacation in Brazil and I am looking forward to next week's Barcelona test."

Toyota's test in Barcelona next week will run for four days, beginning on Tuesday December 2 and concluding on Friday December 5. Zonta and Briscoe will both be in action, the former with the TF103B, while the latter continues in the TF103.

 

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