Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport will look to bounce back from a tough end to the weekend at Brands Hatch when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumes at Oulton Park this weekend.
Paul O'Neill maintained his position at the head of the Independents' standings in round three, despite failing to finish for the first time this season in the final race, while team-mate John George was forced to miss all three races due to a misfire on his car.
Oulton Park has been a happy hunting ground for O'Neill in the past and was the scene of his maiden BTCC victory back in 2002; a victory which saw him celebrate by kissing the tarmac after climbing from his car. With a large home following set to cheer the fans' favourite over the course of the weekend, O'Neill said he was hopeful of another fine showing at the wheel of his Honda Integra.
“I'm confident that we'll do our usual and get into the top ten in qualifying and score points in all three races,” he said, “We now need to take a step forward in qualifying and put a good lap together to get inside the top eight and then do our homework on race day to bring home at least one finish in the top four.
“Looking back at the year so far, my podium finish at Rockingham was brilliant as we got that result on merit after a hard fight. If I can do that again and get on the podium at Oulton Park then it would be great. Winning there in 2002 was mega and, hopefully, I'll come away from the weekend happy again.”
Team-mate George endured a weekend to forget at Brands Hatch, where he spent race day watching from the sidelines after the Tech-Speed team was unable to cure a misfire that had emerged on his car. However, with the problem on his Honda now cured, the Guernsey racer will seek to rebound with a points finish at Oulton Park to get his season back on track.
“I'm really looking forward to Oulton Park,” George said. “It's a really good circuit and one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. It is one where the Honda should be strong, but you need to be very precise as a driver because there isn't any room for error.
“Paul has done a lot of work at the circuit and knows it really well, so hopefully he will be able to pass on plenty of tips to help me during the weekend. Things were going well at Brands Hatch before my problem developed and I'm keen to keep improving. The team has worked hard to resolve the issues I had last time out and I really want to get back into the points. At least one top ten has to be my aim.”
Following the Brands Hatch race weekend, the Tech-Speed team has worked hard to resolve the issues encountered in Kent, with O'Neill completing a shakedown of both cars during BTCC testing at Rockingham last week.