British Touring Car star Jason Plato believes qualifying in the top six at Brands Hatch this afternoon will be a struggle, despite going fifth fastest in the brand new MG in second practice.
On its first proper day of running, the Triple Eight-prepared NGTC MG6 was less than half a second slower than Andrew Jordan's pacesetting Honda Civic.
But Plato is trying to keep expectations in check.
"We're still running through things at the moment - we don't know where we are with springs and bar relationship, toe, or cambers," he said.
"I'm not connected to the car yet. It's doing things under braking I don't like. You've got to venture into the unknown to find out what it does and we don't have limitless parts, so we have to tread carefully."
The double champion believes improving and understanding the car will be more important than outright results in the early races.
"If we qualify 10th or 20th it doesn't really matter, what matters is progress," he added. "It'd be nice to be in the top six in qualifying, but that's a big ask."