Honda duo hit by early problems
11 March 2011 – The factory Honda pair of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden endured technical issues during the opening week of testing at Brands Hatch, as the Pershore-based outfit unleashed its 2011 challenger for the first time ahead of the new season. After winning the Constructors’ title last year, the outfit has switched from normally-aspirated engines to turbocharged units developed by Neil Brown Engineering.
Both Neal and Shedden will be hoping to challenge reigning champion Jason Plato once again this year, with the English team-mates narrowly missing out on the title in 2010 after finishing in second and third respectively. Despite a difficult debut for the newly-launched Honda, Team Principal Steve Neal has quickly eased concerns over the troubles encountered during the two-day test in Kent.
"We did have some problems on Wednesday but these are to be expected when you run a new type of engine in a car," Neal explained. "However, on Wednesday we were able to complete a bit more running, mainly installation work which we would normally do at MIRA."