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O’Neill returns to podium
9 August 2011
Paul O'Neill made a welcome return to the podium after securing GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed's best result of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Snetterton.
O'Neill qualified ninth at the wheel of his Chevrolet Cruze and then battled hard to finish seventh and fifth in the opening two races of the weekend.
Starting from third on the grid for race three as a result of the reverse grid draw, O'Neill then fought his way past the SEAT of Dave Newsham but was unable to close in on the Ford of Mat Jackson – although second place was still his best result of the campaign and his first podium since the season opener at Brands Hatch.
“It's been a good weekend,” he said. “I spoke to the team before we came here and we agreed that we had a chance to run towards the front if we got things right here because the chassis of the Chevrolet is so strong, and we got a good result in the first race which we were then able to build on in the two that followed.
“The car was exceptional this weekend and I have to give credit to Vic my engineer and to Marvin for that. This is the first weekend where I can say that we've really been able to race against the turbo cars and I was actually able to overtake a car with a turbo engine in it. It's not easy by any means as I think I was having to drive to new limits in the same way Jason [Plato] has had to. He came up to me after the final race and said he'd been able to learn a few things when he was behind me, which shows what a good job we've done.
“On the grid before the first race, Marvin came on the radio and said 'Go out there and enjoy it'. That's exactly what I did and I made sure I never lost my focus behind the wheel and we've reaped the benefits. As I said before the weekend, our season starts now.”