NEW DRIVER TO FINISH BTCC SEASON FOR THURLBY MOTORS TECH-SPEED ASTRA
Paul O'Neill will drive the Thurlby Motors Tech-Speed Astra Coupe in the two remaining Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship events at Brands Hatch and Silverstone, a total of six races, with continued support for the team from EEMS, the Energy Efficient Motorsport initiative.
Paul, age 26, from Widnes, has considerable touring car experience and has been acting as race engineer this year with the Tech-Speed team. In 2001's BTCC he drove a Tech-Speed Peugeot 306 to three podium finishes and two poles. In 2002 he was team mate to Matt Neal in the Egg-sponsored Vauxhall and in 2003 he was a works Vauxhall driver, with wins both years.
Paul was diagnosed with diabetes and has made great efforts to improve his fitness and to progress in the business as a race engineer. This year he has also been a guest driver in UK Porsche Carrera Cup and Ginettas.
Chris Roberts of Thurlby Motors is delighted: "We're pleased to find someone of this calibre who can bring sponsorship to complete the season and to help us fulfil our objectives. We're looking forward to the last two rounds, we're really excited about it." At the final meeting, a special edition Thurlby 888 Astra TDCi will be presented to the winner of a season-long competition.
Tech-Speed will continue to trial the EEMS fuel flow meter as part of a technical study into fuel equivalence for different fuels. The car runs on E85, a biofuel blend of 85% bio-ethanol and 15% petrol, and has been fast through the speed traps at many meetings this season.