Croft Circuit - North Yorkshire, England
Tech-Speed Out To Shine As BTCC Campaign Hits Half Distance
GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed Motorsport head to Croft this weekend aiming for a strong set of results as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season reaches the mid-way point with the annual trip to the North East.
The team goes to Croft on the back of a mixed weekend last time out at Oulton Park, where Widnes-race Paul O’Neill and Guernsey-based team-mate John George showed encouraging pace at the wheel of their Chevrolet Cruzes but were then caught up in sizeable incidents in the final race of the weekend.
Hard work from the Tech-Speed team has ensured that both GoMobileUK.com liveried Chevrolet’s will make the trip to North Yorkshire, where Paul has his sights firmly set on three strong finishes.
With a podium result to his name already this season, Paul sits tenth in the championship standings and sixth amongst the Independents’ and will hope to benefit from the hard work put in by Tech-Speed to improve his Chevrolet in recent weeks.
“We should be encouraged by the pace we showed in practice and qualifying at Oulton Park and on paper, we should be on for good weekend at Croft as the car is now working really well,” he said. “The guys at Tech-Speed worked really hard on making improvements to the car before Oulton Park and have worked really hard since then to repair the damage from the final race, but things are starting to fall into place.
“There is one turbo team in particular that we know will be really quick, but at Oulton Park we were able to mix it with the others, and our aim for Croft has to be to do that again and come away from the weekend with a solid haul of points. I’d like to think that we can be amongst the top scoring teams.”
Team-mate John heads to Croft keen to bounce back from a difficult race day at Oulton Park last time out, which marked the first time he had driven the Chevrolet in wet conditions.
John’s continued improvement at the wheel of the Chevrolet was seen at Oulton Park during qualifying where he lapped a full seven-tenths of a second quicker than he did in 2010, and he will now hope to maintain that kind of progress during the upcoming weekend.
“Croft is a circuit I love, but it’s also a bit of power circuit so we need to see how we do against the turbo cars,” he said. “It’s difficult to tell before we get on track on Saturday. However I’m going to Croft in confident mood given the way my own performances have gone.
“Even though I had a problem in qualifying at Oulton Park last time out, I managed to post a much quicker than I did last season. Hopefully I can do similar at Croft and continue to improve my times.”
The latest three rounds of the 2011 season will feature extensive live coverage on ITV4 and ITV.com on Sunday, with a live broadcast running from 11:30-18:00. Round 13 of the season is due to start at 12:10, with round 14 at 14:40 and round 15 at 17:20 (schedule changes permitting).
This season, the BTCC will also appear in High Definition on ITV4 HD while Saturday’s qualifying session, which is due to run from 15:05-15:35, will be available to view on the ITV.com website.