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O'Neill targets strong end to fine campaign
8 October 2010
Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport will look to end a fine Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season on a high in this weekend's final round at Brands Hatch.
The team goes into the final meeting of the season on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit looking to defend third place in the Independents' team championship and also get ahead of WSR for fifth in the overall title race.
After a tough weekend last time out at Donington Park, Paul O'Neill heads to the season finale hoping to repeat the strong form he showed on the longer Brands Hatch GP circuit earlier in the season.
Then, he battled against poor weather conditions to finish fourth in the second race of the weekend, and he goes into the final three races of 2010 looking to give his BTC-spec Honda Integra the perfect send-off on its BTCC swansong.
“We'll have to wait and see what happens,” he said. “We know the car was strong on the longer GP circuit earlier in the year and we now have to try and take that form onto the Indy layout. As we have done all season, we need to focus on trying to get into the top ten during qualifying and then make the most of the chances we have on race day.
“I really want to give the Integra a good send off and end the season on a high. This has been the best season of racing I've had for a long time, and I'm going to Brands Hatch ready to fight hard to get a result for the team.”
Team-mate John George suffered disappointment at Brands Hatch earlier in the year when mechanical issues forced him to sit-out race day, but he heads back to the Kent circuit aiming to end his season on a high.
Having enjoyed arguably his most competitive season in the series, George will will look to join O'Neill inside the top ten as he seeks to end his year with a points finish.
“Brands Hatch suits the car and it should be a good weekend,” he said. “I'm certainly feeling more confident going back to Brands Hatch than I was going to Donington Park. I have to get into the top ten and score at least one point from the weekend. I'm going to give it my all and do my best at a circuit where we should be able to get a strong result to end the year.”