Speedworks Motorsport head into the sixth round of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with high hopes that both Adam Morgan and Tony Hughes can deliver their best results yet as they travel to Snetterton this weekend.
Their optimism comes off the back of an excellent two-day test at Pembrey, Wales where the two drivers were joined by Paul O’Neill, following up from his drive in Hughes’ Avensis at Croft.
“It went absolutely 100 per cent according to plan,” commented team-boss Christian Dick following the test. “We had quite a schedule planned out for the two days that we were down there, a lot to cram in, and a lot of data collection for the engineers to go through, and they achieved everything that they wanted. It was really good and we have definitely taken a bit of a step forward. Hopefully by the time that we get through all the data that we have gathered then we can make an even bigger step forward. Paul, Adam and Tony were all very happy with the changes that we made.”
Adam Morgan goes into this weekends meeting with a point to prove after only managing to finish five of the fifteen races so far this season but he’s hopeful that the time spent with Paul O’Neill will be invaluable.
“It was the most productive test we’ve had this year in terms of set-up and going in the direction we want,” said Morgan. “Between us we got loads done and it was a great way to get back up to speed. It’s great to work with Paul, who’s been doing this sort of thing for so many years; his experience really shows and is a massive help.”
“I have been quick in free practice at the last three meetings but have then slipped back in qualifying. I need to try to get into the top 10 on the grid and out of the ‘danger zone’ further back where the driving standards are not so good.”
Tony Hughes will return to action this weekend after he stepped aside to allow Paul O’Neill race the Toyota Avensis last time out at Croft and he also believes he can make improvements this weekend.
“Everyone around the team is positive as we look towards Snetterton following our successful test at Pembrey,” he says. “We took some big steps. It was a very productive test and great to have Paul involved. We’ve put time into set-up which should help us hugely, plus it was good to keep off those cobwebs.”