Reigning champion Andrew Jordan topped the time sheets at the annual BTCC media day in tricky conditions at Donington Park.
The 24-year-old Pirtek Racing driver set an early benchmark of 1m 11.087s, one thousandth of a second quicker than Gordon Shedden in the new Honda Civic Tourer. Alain Menu rounded out the top three on his impressive return to competition, 0.2s down on Jordan in the Team BMR Volkswagen Passat.
Only 45 minutes into the session, the forecasted rain hit, blighting many of the teams opportunity to set a lap in anger. The remainder of the test saw no improvement to the time sheets, but did provide a chance for the teams to do some wet weather running.
Perhaps worst affected by the weather was BTCC stalwart Jason Plato, who missed most of the early running with a steering problem.
On the morning the BTCC confirmed a 31-car grid for the 2014 season, 26 managed to get out on track and set a time despite treacherous conditions.
Gordon Shedden was subject to the only major incident of the test, as he slipped off the track on oil from Jack Clarke’s Crabbies Racing Ford Focus.
Shedden said: “Jack Clarke went out in the Focus and took out the sump, I went off in his oil, I was just the next car through. His off, he seems to have had a couple today I think. When you go off in oil there’s nothing you can do.”
Many of the teams will be in action on Wednesday at Silverstone, and the season gets under way on March 30 at Brands Hatch