Fabrizio Giovanardi will go into the new HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship looking to secure his third successive title after doubling up in 2008.

However, things won't be easy for the Italian despite the fact some of his main rivals from last year are yet to appear on the entry list for the year ahead.

Crash.net spoke to Giovanardi following the annual media day test at Rockingham, where he posted the second quickest time behind Team RAC driver Colin Turkington...

Crash.net:
Fabrizio, how do you feel the day has gone?

Fabrizio Giovanardi:
I think it has gone well. I am not surprised to see the BMW at the front, even last year Turkington and Jackson were at the front. But I am not worried because we don't know how much ballast they are carrying and don't know when they did their time as the circuit had good times and bad times during the day. I think we have found something to improve our performance. Maybe it isn't enough but we'll see.

Crash.net:
You've had quite a lot of testing over the winter with the car. What have you been able to do to improve it, or is it more a case of looking for little things?

Fabrizio Giovanardi:
We have developed the car maybe 95 per cent so we are looking for just that final five per cent. We are only looking for a tenth of a second but at Brands Hatch, that is the difference between first and 15th on the grid. If we can find one tenth a lap, we will be on target.

Crash.net:
The SEAT has gone but the BMW is a strong contender. How tough will this season be?

Fabrizio Giovanardi:
The SEAT was quick last year, but it finished third; it was the BMW that was behind me. We have to keep out eyes open and not think it will be easy because the SEAT isn't here. For sure, SEAT and Plato were a hard competitor but there might be a surprise from the Ford or the Honda and we'll see in two weeks.

Crash.net:
Can you make it three in a row?

Fabrizio Giovanardi:
That's what I'm going for. You'll have to ask the other drivers if they are going to let me!

Crash.net:
What would it mean to take the hat-trick given it's a rare feat?

Fabrizio Giovanardi:
It's another one...

Crash.net:
...Just another title?

Fabrizio Giovanardi:
Another title.

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