Tom Chilton and the Team AON team have been out at the Guadix circuit in Spain testing the Ford Focus ahead of the 2010 campaign.
Chilton, who took 3 podium finishes in the final 4 races of the season has been raving about the handling of the car, and are looking to carry their end of season form into 2010, and challenge for race wins. Ford is the most successful manufacturer in the BTCC, but a Ford hasn't won a race in the series since 2000.
The team are the first to test in 2010, in preparation for the start of the 2010 season at Thruxton, Hampshire over the Easter weekend, the 3rd and 4th April.
Tom commented on the test, saying: “Every time we made a tweak to the chassis it just seemed to get better and better. The cornering is just out of this world and the Focus is the best handling touring car I've ever driven. Thruxton is going to be great fun and I'm really looking forward to corners like Noble, Goodwood and Church.”
Chilton also mentioned about the Guadix track: “Conditions at Guadix were just about perfect with a low-ish track temperature which was quite similar to a UK track.” Before adding: “There are some great left-right twists where we could really push the car and then when you get on the straight all you see ahead of you are the mountains with snow on the top. It was a bit like being in a Playstation game.”
Tom was also happy to report that the test went well and without any reliability problems, adding: “What was also pleasing at Guadix was we had 100 per cent reliability. It was a really great job by all the team.”