I think Mike was referring to 2001 when Gordon drove a Production Focus when they were mixed in with the full BTCC spec cars to make up numbers. I'm sure the Prods started the races ahead of the TCs and Gordon got a 3rd and a 6th.
Autosport today says that he does have the Honda drive though Steve Neal says it's not official yet. He was told he'd get the drive if he put up a good show in a test in Spain which he did! It says a 3rd car is a possibility with Howell as the most likely driver.
Ex-floppy replacer, now trainee observer following redundancy.