Fabrizio Giovanardi will hope to extend his already healthy lead in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend as he heads to the scene of his maiden victory in the series, Knockhill.

The Italian took his first BTCC win at the circuit back in 2006, securing Vauxhall's 100th win in the process, and picked up more vital points at the Scottish venue last year as he closed in on Jason Plato in the race for the title.

This time around, the Italian heads to Scotland as the man to beat with a lead of 44 points over Plato and he will look to try and extend that advantage ahead of the penultimate round at Silverstone, where - if current form continues - he could well secure back-to-back championship titles.

"I secured Vauxhall's 100th victory at Knockhill in 2006, so it's a special track for me," he said. "Similar to a rally circuit, you have to drive aggressively to gain places through tight fast corners, and also hold back the field using a defensive line. I hope to extend my championship lead even further at Knockhill, but you have to be aware of the limitations of the car when carrying so much success ballast."

Team-mates Matt Neal and Tom Onslow-Cole have also run well at Knockhill in the past with the pair seeking to strengthen their positions in the championship standings.

"I like Knockhill, it's a really fun circuit to drive and I'm definitely looking forward to taking the VXR Vectra there," Onslow-Cole said. "I have obtained some reasonable results at Knockhill in the past, so hopefully I can do even better with the VX Racing team behind me. I'm aiming to get back on the podium again at the next round, so fingers crossed that I can get some good qualifying done on Saturday."

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