With the latest round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship only days away, championship leader Colin Turkington remains relaxed ahead of what could be a very significant weekend in his title challenge.
“I’m certainly not feeling under pressure that I have to win at Knockhill. Obviously it would be great timing if I could get what would be my first win there this weekend but I won’t be distraught if I leave on Sunday night not having won.
“I’ll still be going for wins, of course, but just so long as I take a healthy dose of points. That is the most important thing when you are fighting for championships – to keep scoring and to keep scoring well.”
Fabrizio Giovanardi, currently lying in second position in the championship is looking to build upon his very successful last outing where he secured two victories at the Snetterton circuit. Fabrizio was recently at Knockhill demonstrating a Vauxhall Astra VRX to some fortunate journalists. (click here to see the Fabrizio’s laps)
Motoring journalist, Jim McGill managed to catch up with the suave Italian. Asked who he though would be challenging this weekend Fabrizio said, “The usual guys. Colin Turkington will be fast in his BMW, and of course I’ll have to look out for my Vauxhall team-mate Matt Neal. The Chevy of Jason Plato is also likely to be as fast as ever, and local guys like Jonathan Adam and Gordon Shedden will be hoping to put one over me in front of their home support. But I’m sure I can take care of them all”.
On the back of an unlucky weekend at Snetterton, Jason Plato has issued a warning to his Touring Car counterparts. Plato concedes that his title assault is all but over, barring a massive downturn in fortunes for Turkington and Giovanardi this weekend.
“The title is over for me. At Snetterton I needed to smash a load of points out of the others but it just didn’t go our way.
“All I want to do now is go out and end the season with as many race wins as possible. It’s win or bust from now, I’ve nothing to lose so the others had better watch out.”
With all the competitors agreeing that Knockhill can throw in some unusual results, it promises to be another intriguing weekend at the Fife circuit.
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