Paul O'Neill has moved into the lead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Independentss' Trophy standings after securing the best finish to date for Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed at Rockingham.
The fans favourite had secured a third place finish at Thruxton during the opening rounds of the campaign but went one better in the final race at Rockingham after a race long battle with the Ford of Tom Onslow-Cole.
With Matt Neal winning the final race, O'Neill secured the first Independent victory for the team and its best overall finish to move into the Independents' lead heading to Brands Hatch this weekend for round three.
"That was just perfect," he said. "When we got the reverse grid after the first two races, I knew we had a real chance and I had to drive with my head. There are too many people getting involved in contact and taking each other off at the moment – they are handing an early advantage to Jason Plato.
"When I tried to go around the outside of Matt at the start, I could see all the marbles on the circuit and backed out rather than risk ending up in the wall. Then I had a battle with Tom and he is a great driver to race against because you know you can go side-by-side in fifth gear and it will be a clean fight. On the oval, he had the pace, but on the infield he was there for the taking and he had no reply when I made my move.
"The result is good but it's not for me, it's for the team. People don't realise how good they are, but to be in a position where I am leading the Independents' championship against the opposition there is, shows everyone what they can do."
O'Neill leads Airwaves BMW driver Steven Kane by two points in the standings and remains fourth overall.