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Sunshine.co.uk targets return to form at Silverstone
19 August 2010
Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport is targeting a return to form at Silverstone this weekend as the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the celebrated 'Home of British Motor Racing' for the seventh round of the year.
The team endured a difficult weekend at Snetterton last time out after both Paul O'Neill and John George were involved in an accident on the opening lap of race two, with the Tech-Speed team working miracles to ensure that both Honda Integras were able to take part in the final race.
Despite the difficulties faced in Norfolk, Widnes-racer O'Neill heads to Silverstone still firmly in the mix for the Independents' crown, with a gap of just 25 points to current leader Steven Kane – and with his car fully repaired following the Snetterton weekend, he is hoping to return to the kind of form that has seen him secure two overall podium finishes and two Independent victories already this season.
“Snetterton was one of those weekends that happen in motorsport,” he phlegmatically reflected. “We went there expecting a good weekend and it didn't happen, whereas we have been to other circuits and things have gone better than we thought they would.
“We had some problems at Snetterton which have now been sorted, and the car will be as good as it's ever been when we arrive at Silverstone. I'm mad for it this weekend, and I hope we'll be fighting at the sharp end. I'm going to Silverstone to be near the front and get a result. I've got nothing to lose, so I'm going to go all-out to pick up some laurels from the weekend!”
Guernsey-based team-mate George once again evinced impressive pace in the sister car at Snetterton a fortnight ago, even though bad luck meant he came away from the weekend without any points following the race two damage.
Despite that, the 49-year-old battled through the field to finish just outside the top ten in the final race and now heads to Silverstone seeking to secure his second points finish of the season to reward the team for the work it has put in throughout the year.
“Silverstone is a circuit where I have gone well in the past and I always look forward to going there,” he said. “This weekend is no different, and I go there looking to get into the top ten at least once.
“If it hadn't been for the second race at Snetterton, I feel we would have scored some points. The guys did a fantastic job to get me out for the final race after the incident, and I feel I could have got into the points if I hadn't got stuck behind Tom Boardman. Without race two, I definitely think I'd have come away from the weekend with a top ten, but our day will come.
“I really want to get into the top ten at Silverstone, not just for myself, but to reward the boys who work so hard on the cars for the part they play. The BTCC is a team game at the end of the day, and I want to get a points finish for them.”
The incident in race two at Snetterton left the Tech-Speed run team with plenty to do in the two weeks between races, but boss Marvin Humphries said the two Integras were ready and raring to go this weekend.
“Snetterton didn't go to-plan, but the boys have worked hard to get the cars prepared for Silverstone and we go there optimistic of a good weekend,” he affirmed. “There is no reason why we can't run well as we know the car is better than it was last year, but as Snetterton showed, you never know what is round the corner! We'll certainly be giving it a good go.”
Sunshine.co.uk MD Chris Brown agreed that the team was now putting its Norfolk disappointment and misfortune behind it as it looks to impress through the remainder of the year.
“We didn't get the results we were hoping for at Snetterton, but we'll be working hard to put that right this weekend,” he underlined. “We know it won't be easy at Silverstone because the long straights are going to favour certain cars on the grid, but the Honda should also be strong and we go there chasing some good results.
“Paul has shown on numerous occasions this season that he can fight with the best at the front of the field, while John hasn't scored the points he has deserved for some good performances during the year. They were both really impressive in the final race at Snetterton, and I'm confident that they will be able to challenge for points this weekend.”