BTCC outfit Tech–Speed are viewing the beginning of the second half of the season as a fresh start, hopeful that further development to their pair of GoMobileUK.com sponsored Chevrolet Cruzes can put them in contention for podium places.
This weekend brings the squad to Snetterton for the inaugural BTCC race on the new '300' layout completed over the summer, and with the team's turbocharged rivals facing another curb on their boost pressure the three races on Sunday are guaranteed to make for unpredictable viewing.
After lead driver Paul O'Neill scored a podium on the championship's opening weekend at Brands Hatch the team has struggled for pace against the newer specification NGTC-engined cars, but has benefitted from the ongoing efforts to equalise the performance across the field.
Tech-Speed boss Marvin Humphries said: “The new look circuit is one that should be okay for us and the weather forecast is suggesting that there could be some rain which will also equalise things a little bit between the normally aspirated and turbo cars.”
“We've had the chance to regroup over the summer break and plan to come out fighting for the second half of the season. There is no reason why we can't push towards the top six in the races and what we need to do is avoid any incidents in race one and race two as that opens up the possibility of benefitting from the reverse grid in race three.”
“Our season really starts now and it isn't about points and the championship standings,” said O’Neill who lies tenth in the overall points ranking. “It's all about going out on track and doing the best we can to challenge for podium finishes and a race win.”
“The circuit has changed a lot ahead of this season and I'm not sure what impact the changes will have until we get on track for practice. However, the Chevrolet is a good chassis and we should be strong through the corners to make up for any straight-line deficit to the turbo cars. We should be right in the battle towards the front and I'm really up for the fight.”
The team's second driver John George and in a season of improvement starts the Snetterton weekend with the goal of gaining more time on the overall pacesetters, with the new circuit presenting as many challenges as opportunities for the Guernsey based driver.
“The changes to the circuit have created more chances for incidents to happen and if they do, I have to try and make sure that I take advantage,” he said. “I've not had time to check the weather forecast yet, but if it happens to rain then I think things could get very interesting!”