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Tech-Speed targets solid start
29 March 2011
GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed Motorsport will hope to start its Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign fine style when the 2011 season gets underway this weekend at Brands Hatch.
The season opener will give the team the chance to debut the Chevrolet Cruzes it purchased from RML over the winter, with Paul O'Neill and John George once again sharing driving duties.
O'Neill heads into the season opener driving the same car that Jason Plato used to take pole position and a double win on Finals Day last year and he said he was keen to make a good start to the season.
“Hopefully I'll be able to qualify inside the top six, although it won't be an easy task against the turbo-engined cars,” he said. “If we can come away at the end of race day with three good top ten finishes and some solid points on the board, a bit like we did in the opening round at Thruxton last year, then I'll be happy.
“The car felt good when we tested at Brands Hatch and at Silverstone last week, I was only two-tenths of a second behind Jason in the works car. If we can do similar this weekend, we'll be in a good position.”
Team-mate George meanwhile insisted that his goal was to bring home three solid finishes and try to break into the top ten at least once.
“I think we need to see how the turbo-powered cars perform in practice and then we will know where we stand,” he said, “but my aim for the weekend is to bring home three solid results. The car felt good in the test we did at Brands Hatch a few weeks ago and I'm confident that we can build on the work we have done so far in testing.
“I want to try and get into the top ten at least once, but in my first race weekend with the car, the most important thing is to bring home three finishes and get the maximum time possible behind the wheel so I can continue to learn all about the Cruze.”