'HOME FAVOURITES' O'NEILL & KANE GOING FOR BTCC GLORY IN FRONT OF ROCKINGHAM CROWDS Paul O'Neill and Steven Kane say they are both looking for more podium glory in this coming Sunday's (25 April) three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship...
'HOME FAVOURITES' O'NEILL & KANE GOING FOR BTCC GLORY IN FRONT OF ROCKINGHAM CROWDS
Paul O'Neill and Steven Kane say they are both looking for more podium glory in this coming Sunday's (25 April) three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at their home circuit of Rockingham, Northamptonshire.
O'Neill will go into race day lying fourth in the Drivers' standings with Kane right behind in fifth after achieving his first race win in the BTCC in the season's opening round at Thruxton, Hampshire two weeks ago.
But neither is expecting an easy time of it - with live TV coverage on the ITV4 channel and in front of trackside crowds of 30,000-plus, the BTCC is the UK's premier motor racing series and both O'Neill and Kane will be up against some truly big names in former champions Jason Plato and Matt Neal. In addition, there are a further five proven winners among the 23-strong entry including Kane's team-mate Mat Jackson, plus Gordon Shedden, Robert Collard, Tom Onslow-Cole and Tom Chilton.
What they're saying...
O'Neill is tipping Oxford-based Plato, who races for the Wellingborough-based Silverline Chevrolet team, to be the man to beat in his Chevrolet Cruze.
The 30-year-old from Kettering, who races a Honda Integra for the Sunshine.co.uk/Tech-Speed team said: "That Chevrolet should really suit the lay-out of the Rockingham circuit. I made Jason squirm a bit at Thruxton and that felt good, but I don't think I'll be able to get quite so close this time. On saying that, I'm not going to be 'namby-pambying' about. I had three top sixes myself at Thruxton including a third and I want more podium finishes this weekend."
Kane, aged 29 from Brixworth, believes he can add to his Thruxton win as his Airwaves BMW should be better suited to the Rockingham circuit. He added: "I'm not getting carried away because I know how quickly fortunes can turn in the BTCC, but on paper Thruxton is the worst track for the BMW so to win there and so early in the season was above expectations. The lay-out of the Rockingham circuit will mean that different types of cars - BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, SEAT, Vauxhall and VW - come into their own on different sections so it could get very interesting. If you're in the grandstands at Rockingham this Sunday you're going to get more than your money's worth."
FREE admission for kids
Rockingham's three BTCC showdowns on Sunday are scheduled to start at 11.20am, 2.05pm and 4.45pm. A further seven races from the supporting Ginetta G50, Ginetta Junior, Porsche Carrera, Renault Clio and Formula Renault categories that provide the very best in one-make sportscar, saloon and single-seater racing in the UK add to the non-stop action.
Adult tickets costing as little as £23.00 and including grandstand seating and access to the BTCC paddock and specially-organised Pit Lane autograph session can still be booked from the www.rockingham.co.uk website or by calling 01536 500500. Admission for children is FREE with Rockingham having already confirmed plenty of additional off-track family entertainment.
ITV4's live coverage of the event is from 11.30am-3.15pm followed by an early evening highlights show from 8.30pm-10.00pm.