After a frustrating meeting last time out, Team Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Motorsport are targeting a return to form as they head to Silverstone this weekend for rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The team suffered a tough weekend at Snetterton, with an accident on the opening lap of race two forcing both drivers, Paul O'Neill and John George, into retirement, with the team required to make extensive repairs on both cars. Despite the team performing miracles to get the cars out for the final race, they came away from the weekend frustrated; with an eighth place for O'Neill in race three the highlight of the weekend.
Paul in particular was frustrated with the weekend; having gone into the meeting hoping to record the teams first ever win in the BTCC. He's looking to put the poor weekend behind him and return to form at Silverstone, the sort of form which has seen him pick up two overall podium finishes and two Independent wins so far this season. He heads to Silverstone in a positive mood, still very much in with a shout for the Independents' championship, lying just 25 points behind leader Steven Kane.
“Snetterton was one of those weekends that happens in motorsport,” he said. “We went there expecting a good weekend and it didn't happen, whereas we have been to other circuits and things have gone better than we thought they would.
“We had some problems at Snetterton which have now been sorted and the car will be as good as it's ever been when we arrive at Silverstone. I'm mad for it this weekend and hope we'll be fighting at the sharp end. I'm going to Silverstone to be near the front and get a result. I've got nothing to lose so I'm going to go all out to pick up some laurels from the weekend.”
On the other side of the garage, the ever improving George showed good pace at Snetterton, but left empty handed, with bad luck again ruining his chances of picking up points.
Despite this though, John heads to Silverstone in a positive mood, hoping to pick up his second points finish of the season, as a way of rewarding his team for all their hard work.
“Silverstone is a circuit where I have gone well in the past and I always look forward to going there,” he said. “This weekend is no different and I go there looking to get into the top ten at least once.
“If it hadn't been for the second race at Snetterton, I feel we would have scored some points. The guys did a fantastic job to get me out for the final race after the incident and I feel I could have got into the points if I hadn't got stuck behind Tom Boardman. Without race two, I definitely think I'd have come away from the weekend with a top ten, but our day will come.
“I really want to get into the top ten at Silverstone, not just for myself, but to reward the boys who work so hard on the cars for the part they play. The BTCC is a team game at the end of the day and I want to get a points finish for them.”
After a busy couple of weeks repairing and preparing the cars for Silverstone, the team can't wait to get back on track and put Snetterton behind them. As one of the most popular teams on the grid, the bumper crowd will certainly be hoping the team can return to form and pull off some more of its famous giant killing performances.