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O’Neill keen to repay fan support
14 August 2009
Paul O'Neill says he is keen to repay the fans who made him the winner of the HiQ Champagne Moment at Snetterton as the British Touring Car Championship heads to Knockhill this weekend for the seventh round of the season.
The Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed driver returned to the BTCC podium for the first time since 2003 during the opening race of the weekend, and followed it up with two further top six finishes at the wheel of his older BTC-spec Honda Integra.
O'Neill's return to the podium sparked emotional scenes at the Norfolk circuit and saw him pick up a record number of votes to secure the latest Champagne Moment award – voted for by BTCC fans after each round of the season.
Now, as he heads for Scotland, O'Neill will look to not only repay those fans but also aid the sunshine.co.uk team in its quest to move up the points standings, with RML just two points ahead in the overall standings (and not contesting the Knockhill rounds) and Cartridge World Carbon Zero Racing just two points ahead in the Independents' standings.
“As a team, we have to be brave and say that our aim is to bring home three top-six finishes,” he said. “We want to score highly in the Independents points and I want to try and close in on the top ten in the overall standings as well. I love Knockhill as a circuit and will be pushing hard to get into the top ten in qualifying and bag some strong points.
“Winning the HiQ award for the performance at Snetterton was also a massive boost given it was voted for by the fans, so hopefully I can repay those who voted with another strong performance this weekend.
“As ever, I'm also keen to continue delivering the goods for sunshine.co.uk, Tech-Speed and everyone involved with the programme.”
O'Neill will again run alone as Martyn Bell continues to recover from the injury he picked up during the summer break.