Martin Plowman got his first taste of BTCC machinery on Thursday as he joined Power Maxed Racing at Donington Park to test the team’s Vauxhall Astra.

The former Le Mans winner and Indycar competitor got his first taste of front-wheel-drive machinery at the Leicestershire track in the morning, before driving a Radical in the afternoon.

“I’m surprised by how easy I found the transition from a rear wheel drive GT car to a front wheel drive touring car, I expected it to be a bigger challenge,” Plowman said.

“Essentially the fundamentals of racing and driving fast are the same leaving fewer nuances to master. I want to give big thanks to Martin Broadhurst, and the team at Power Maxed Racing for helping me adapt, after my first session I felt at home in the PMR Vauxhall Astra.

“The main difference is the amount of rotation needed into the corner, I had to rotate the touring car more and square the corner off, and then be more patient on the power to prevent understeer.

“What I really noticed is how the BTCC car can take kerbs, it’s like they don’t exist.”

Joining Plowman at the test was former race winner Sam Tordoff, who completed his second BTCC test of the week have previously got behind the wheel of AMD Tuning’s Audi S3.

Power Maxed Racing are yet to confirm their drivers for the 2018 season as it stands.

PHOTO CREDIT: Power Maxed Racing