Wednesday 4 November 2009

Paul O' Neill wins Magnum Moment

The HiQ British Touring Car Championship’s very own ‘Mr Popular’ has underlined his status as a fans’ favourite after scooping another prestigious award.

Kettering’s Paul O’ Neill has won HiQ’s inaugural Magnum Moment prize for his emotional podium finish at Snetterton in August.

It means that of all the HiQ champagne moments issued throughout the season, Paul’s has been voted as the most popular.

With 31 per cent of the votes, he narrowly beat Jason Plato, whose hat-trick of wins at Brands Hatch came second (25), while Mat Jackson’s two wins at Silverstone was voted third (16 per cent).

Fan Mike Bowers of Gloucester was picked at random to win two tickets to the Night of Champions in Stratford on Saturday, where they will present Paul with a magnum of champagne.

They will also win complimentary race tickets for the first race of 2010 at Thruxton, along with a grid walk of the track before one of the races.

Paul said: “What a fantastic year. I can’t honestly believe have won this award. It caps a memorable season for me and I look forward to meeting Mike and Jenna on Saturday evening.”

HiQ’s BTCC marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: “We had a suspicion that Paul O’Neill would win the award. He was an extremely popular winner of our champagne moment, and we are delighted for him.

“It has been another tremendous year both on and off the track for HiQ, and we would like to give fans another opportunity to win a great prize with us.”

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