Paul O'Neill says he is looking to take the venerable Honda Integra to one final victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as the series heads to Donington Park for the penultimate round of the season this weekend.
O'Neill's Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra has proved to be a regular front-runner this season and has secured three podium finishes despite being one of the older cars on the grid.
With BTC-spec cars set to be phased out at the end of the season, just six races remain in which the Integra could secure its final victory in the series – barring a late change of heart by series bosses – and O'Neill said he was keen to try and fight at the front this weekend in search of what would be his first win since 2003.
“After the way we performed at Silverstone and Knockhill, I really want to continue our strong form when we get to Donington,” he said. “I'm going to drive every lap as if it is my last and we know that the car is quick, so it will be interesting to see how we perform. Donington wasn't our best weekend last year, but it seems that circuits where things didn't go to plan last season have been the ones where we have gone well this year.
“I'm not going to be holding back at all and, as always, I will be racing to win. Tech-Speed has given me a phenomenal car all year and it will be a travesty if it doesn't get a win before the end of the year. The Integra has arguably been the best car of its era and I'd love to give it one last victory in the final rounds and reward a team that deserves it more than most.”
Team-mate John George
will also hope to impress after strong performances at both Silverstone and Knockhill as he seeks his first top ten finish since the season opener at Brands Hatch.
“I went to Donington last week to have a look at the revised layout and I think the circuit is going to really suit the Honda,” he said. “My confidence is on a high after the last two rounds, and this weekend I want to try and convert the pace I've shown into some points.
“The Integra has been a great car all season and we have shown that it can still be competitive against newer machinery. I'm keen to show there is life in the old dog yet this weekend!”