Paul O'Neill says he is aiming high as he prepares to make his return to the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton this weekend.

O'Neill was forced to miss the season opener due to commitments elsewhere, but will make his first outing of the year in the Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport Honda Integra as the quickest circuit on the calendar.

Having had to chance to run in the car at both Silverstone and Rockingham prior to the start of the campaign, the two-time race winner said he was excited about making his return and insisted he wasn't there just to make up the numbers - with his aim firmly on bringing home solid points for the team.

"I'm really excited about the weekend ahead," he said. "It's a good opportunity for me to get back on track and I think we have a real chance to bring home some good results for sunshine.co.uk. I think it is a realistic aim to get both cars into the top ten and with the reverse grid in race three, anything could happen.

"The car is really good and Thruxton is a circuit where I have gone well in the past, so I have to aim high. I know my last outing in the BTCC didn't quite go to plan, but I have nothing to prove and will be going out there to give it my all.

"If I need to rub a bit of paint to fight for position, then that's what I'll do and while it will be great to line up alongside everyone again, it's certainly not just a bit of a giggle. There is a serious job to do."

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