Paul O'Neill says he is keen to put on a good show for his home fans as he prepares to take part in his first HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship race on home soil since 2003.
The popular Liverpudlian heads to Oulton Park on the back of impressive performances at both Thruxton and Donington Park at the wheel of his Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra, and will look to try and challenge the first podium finish for the team.
O'Neill took the first of his two BTCC wins at Oulton Park back in 2002, famously kissing the tarmac after exiting his car, but would only take part in one further BTCC race meeting at the venue the following year before diabetes put his career on hold.
Although he has competed at his home circuit since in the likes of British GT, O'Neill admitted that the chance to race a touring car again at the Cheshire venue was something he had been waiting for and said he was keen to get the best result possible on home soil.
“I'm really, really
looking forward to this weekend,” he said. “I've wanted to race a touring car again at Oulton Park for so long and there is nothing better than going into your home race knowing you have a good car and a good team behind you. We know that we have a good package and we should be fighting in the top six. I got the first win of my career at Oulton Park so there are already great memories for me and the home support will be an extra lift; you are always at your best when you're in front of a home crowd.
“Hopefully our recent bad luck is behind us and I'm aiming to stick it near the front. It's a big statement to make, but I feel that Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed are one of the top three teams out there and we have shown that we can get our rivals worried.
“When we are taking the fight to teams like RML, who have pedigree in the WTCC, then we know we are doing a good job.”