O'Neill: Turbo limit will help Cruze

Paul O'Neill believes the punishing nature of the Thruxton circuit and the reduction in boost for the turbo-charged cars will allow his normally aspirated Chevrolet Cruze to run at the front of the British Touring Car Championship round this weekend

O'Neill: Turbo limit will help Cruze

O'Neill's Tech-Speed Cruze had a difficult run at Donington Park and has a best 2011 finish of third, in the reversed grid race at the Brands Hatch opener.

He thinks the turbos, which have been handed a 0.1 bar boost reduction since dominating at Donington, will be quick over one lap at the high-speed Hampshire circuit, but may hit problems during the races.

"Despite the change in boost, the turbo cars will still be quick over a single lap in qualifying and we have to aim to get into the top six on the grid and go from there," he said.

"Thruxton is mainly one long corner so there is going to be a lot of pressure on the front left tyre and it could cause problems for the turbo cars when they are on the power. I'll be happy to pick them off and work my way to the front.

"At the minimum, we have to target a podium finish on race day and a win could possibly be on the cards; Thruxton is our best chance yet."

Tech-Speed chief Marvin Humphries added: "We need to see what impact the change in boost has on the turbo cars but Thruxton is a circuit that should suit the Chevrolet. However, we have to wait and see what happens when we hit the track for first practice."

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