Team sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport left Snetterton in confident mood after enjoying a successful day at the British Touring Car Championship test at the Norfolk track on July 22.
The test day, which falls in the summer break at the BTCC's half way season saw both Tech-Speed's drivers – Paul O'Neill and John George – on track. Widnes driver O'Neill set the second fastest of the first three hour session in his Honda Integra, just 0.013 that Alex MacDowall in the works Chrevrolet.
Rain in the afternoon session led to the team opting not to take part in the second session – O'Neill explaining their was “no point” in running, only adding more miles to the car's engine.
Ford driver Tom Chilton set the fastest lap of the day in the afternoon once the track had dried. None of the other front running drivers improved during the session leaving O'Neill with the third fastest time of the test. George ended the day with the twelfth fastest time.
O'Neill was satisfied with his running during the day, though he still felt he could have bettered his time.
“I'm quite pleased with the test but to be fair, we expected to be near the front,” he admitted. “Although maybe not quite as near as we were! We changed quite a long of things compared to when we were here last year and the time I did was an untidy lap, so we know there is more to come. I made a mistake at the Chicane which cost me maybe two tenths of a second, but what we know now is that we have a good car over a single lap.”
“It's always been a good car in the races, but we were able to put in that one quick lap like you need to do in qualifying,” he added.
“We sat down before the test to work out a programme we wanted to work through and we had a good baseline on the car after going well at Snetterton last year,” said team principal Marvin Humphries. “We tried a few things out on the car that worked, and it proved to be a decent test for us.”
“We are satisfied with how things went in the running we did and we decided not to go out in the afternoon when it was raining as we know the car is good in the wet. The circuit itself is a bit quicker with some resurfacing work that's been done, but we found time during the day and both Paul and John ran well.”
Tech-Speed, and the rest of the BTCC, will return to Snetterton on August 7 for racing – the sixth round of the 2010 season.