Silverstone: Team preview

SUNSHINE.CO.UK TARGETS RETURN TO FORM AT SILVERSTONE Team with Tech-Speed Motorsport will target a return to form at Silverstone this weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the home of British ...


Team with Tech-Speed Motorsport will target a return to form at Silverstone this weekend as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to the home of British motorsport for the seventh round of the year.

The team endured a difficult weekend at Snetterton last time out after both Paul O'Neill and John George were involved in an accident on the opening lap of race two, with the Tech-Speed team working miracles to ensure that both Honda Integras were able to take part in the final race of the weekend.

Despite the difficulties faced in Norfolk, Widnes-racer Paul heads to Silverstone still firmly in the mix for the Independents' championship with a gap of just 25 points to current leader Steven Kane.

With his car fully repaired following the Snetterton weeekend, Paul will hope to return to the kind of form that has seen him secure two overall podium finishes and two Independent victories already this season.

"Snetterton was one of those weekends that happens in motorsport," he said. "We went there expecting a good weekend and it didn't happen, whereas we have been to other circuits and things have gone better than we thought they would.

"We had some problems at Snetterton which have now been sorted and the car will be as good as it's ever been when we arrive at Silverstone. I'm mad for it this weekend and hope we'll be fighting at the sharp end. I'm going to Silverstone to be near the front and get a result. I've got nothing to lose so I'm going to go all out to pick up some laurels from the weekend."

Guernsey-based team-mate John once again showed impressive pace in the sister car at Snetterton a fortnight ago, even though bad luck meant he came away from the weekend without any points after the race two incident.

Despite that, John battled through the field to finish just outside the top ten in the final race and now heads to Silverstone seeking to secure his second points finish of the season to reward the team for the work it has put in throughout the year.

"Silverstone is a circuit where I have gone well in the past and I always look forward to going there," he said. "This weekend is no different and I go there looking to get into the top ten at least once.

"If it hadn't been for the second race at Snetterton, I feel we would have scored some points. The guys did a fantastic job to get me out for the final race after the incident and I feel I could have got into the points if I hadn't got stuck behind Tom Boardman. Without race two, I definitely think I'd have come away from the weekend with a top ten, but our day will come.

"I really want to get into the top ten at Silverstone, not just for myself, but to reward the boys who work so hard on the cars for the part they play. The BTCC is a team game at the end of the day and I want to get a points finish for them."

The incident in race two at Snetterton left the Tech-Speed run team with plenty to do in the two weeks between races, but Tech-Speed boss Marvin Humphries said the two Honda Integras were ready and raring to go this weekend.

"Snetterton didn't go to plan, but the boys have worked hard to get the cars prepared for Silverstone and we go there optimistic of a good weekend," he said. "There is no reason why we can't run well as we know the car is better than it was last year, but as Snetterton showed, you never know what is round the corner! We'll certainly be giving it a good go." MD Chris Brown agreed that the team was now putting Snetterton behind it as it looks to impress through the remainder of the year.

"We didn't get the results we were hoping for at Snetterton, but we'll be working hard to put that right this weekend," he said. "We know it won't be easy at Silverstone because the long straights are going to favour certain cars on the grid, but the Honda should also be strong and we go there chasing some good results.

"Paul has shown on numerous occasions this season that he can fight with the best at the front of the field, while John hasn't scored the points he has deserved for some good performances during the year.

"They were both really impressive in the final race at Snetterton and I'm confident that they will be able to challenge for points this weekend."


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Series BTCC
Drivers Paul O'Neill , Steven Kane , Tom Boardman , John George , Chris Brown