Paul O'Neill is aiming for “solid points” from the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this weekend as Tech–Speed Racing make their debut with their purple GoMobileUK.com sponsored Chevrolet Cruze's.
After confirming the switch from the BTC-spec Honda Integra to the former-RML Cruze's the team have already tested at Snetterton, Brands Hatch and Silverstone and begin the season with aspirations to power O'Neill to the Independents' title.
“Hopefully I'll be able to qualify inside the top six, although it won't be an easy task against the turbo-engined cars,” said O'Neill, who will drive the car that took pole position and two wins at the 2010 season finale at the Kent track. “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.”
John George will, again, join O'Neill at the team, targeting a points finish as he continues to adapt to the new car.
“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,” he said.
“I think we need to see how the turbo-powered cars perform in practice and then we will know where we stand, 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.”
The opening three races of the BTCC season will be broadcast live on ITV4 from 11am this Sunday (April 3).