Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport will aim for a strong start to its second season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the 2010 campaign gets underway at Thruxton this weekend.
The corresponding race meeting last season saw fans favourite Paul O'Neill make his return to the BTCC, and the former Vauxhall came close to securing a dramatic victory before suffering an unfortunate puncture while battling for the lead in the final race.
Heading into the home race for the team's title sponsor, O'Neill will hope to try and replicate the pace he displayed last season and take the Honda Integra – one of the oldest cars on the grid – to the podium.
“We've got to be confident heading to Thruxton after the way it went last year – we just need to hope we don't have a repeat of the tyre issue we suffered in race three!” he said. “I'm sure we'll be qualifying inside the top ten and hopefully we can knock on the door of the top six.
“Three top six finishes on race day has to be the aim with at least one of those being a podium finish. It won't be easy but we can certainly do it.”
New team-mate John George
will making his debut for the team having signed up to partner O'Neill during the winter.
With a solid test at Brands Hatch under his belt, George will aim to secure his best finishes to date at the quickest circuit on the calendar.
“I'm really looking forward to the weekend,” he said. “It's only a 300 mile trip so it's the closest thing I get to a home race! At Brands Hatch last week I was able to match my previous qualifying times despite running on old tyres during the morning, and that was without doing many laps during the afternoon as I was feeling under the weather.
“That was really good news for me and I'm feeling confident that I can have my best weekend at Thruxton so far. The car suits the circuit and working with Paul has been great so far, he's been really helpful. I'm keen to see what I can do.”