Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed has vowed to bounce back from a tough weekend at Donington Park in the penultimate rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The Honda team went into Donington Park looking to continue the fine form seem in recent meetings but was forced to fight against a handling issue throughout the weekend on the BTC-spec Honda Integra in its penultimate BTCC meeting.
Paul O'Neill was in impressive form in qualifying to secure the seventh quickest time but was unable to match that performance on race day due to the issue with his car.
Having been forced out of the opening race after an incident involving Tom Boardman on the exit of Coppice, O'Neill did well to battle through the field to twelfth in race two before the problem with his car forced him out of the final race of the weekend.
Despite failing to score a top ten finish on a race weekend for the first time this season, Paul remains inside the top ten overall and is fifth in the Independents' championship heading to the final round at Brands Hatch in three weeks time.
“Qualifying was great but we had a problem with the car which we chased all weekend but were unable to resolve,” he said. “We need to look into it back at the workshop and solve the problem for Brands Hatch, but this has been a tough one for us. As a team, we always do our best but unfortunately this weekend, it wasn't good enough.
“However, as we have shown all season, this team is one of the best in the paddock so we'll put the weekend behind us, forget what happened and come out fighting for a good end to the year on Finals Day.”
Team-mate John George
started the opening race of the weekend from 16th on the grid but a poor start saw him lose places when the lights went out, with his Honda sitting 18th after an early Safety Car period. A multi-car accident ahead on the restart saw him forced to pick his way through damaged cars and foam barriers littering the circuit at Goddards and he made the most of the chance to pass numerous cars and finish just outside the points in twelfth place.
After a 16th place finish in race two, George matched his race one result in the final race of the weekend to add more points to his Independents' championship challenge and to help the team to maintain third in the Independents' team standings.
“Things started well in practice but I didn't get the best from the car in qualifying so was lower than I should have been on the grid,” he said. “I have to admit that my start in race one was terrible but then there was carnage and we were able to make up places.
“Races two and three were better although things got a bit spread out, but this weekend just makes me more determined to have a good run at Brands Hatch and end the year with another top ten finish.”