Darren Turner will hope to repeat the success he enjoyed in 2007 as the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Scotland this weekend for the eighth round of the season.
The SEAT Sport UK driver enjoyed a double victory north of the border last year on what was easily his strongest weekend of the year and also posted a new qualifying lap record at the wheel of the petrol-powered SEAT Leon.
This time around, Turner will make his first trip to the picturesque Fife venue with the Leon TDi and while he admits that it isn't a circuit where the diesel-powered car will necessarily go well on paper, he expected it to run strongly.
"Knockhill was the highlight of my season last year, with pole, two wins and a solid seventh place finish in the third race,” he said. “Will this year be as good with the Leon TDI?
"Knockhill certainly isn't one of the fast circuits where we think the diesel package will excel, but we didn't think Oulton Park would be either and we performed very well there. If we can perform like that in Scotland, we'll be right up there challenging for races wins. Jason's still got a slim chance of winning the drivers' title, and we need to make sure we're in a position to benefit if Fabrizio Giovanardi has a bad weekend. If that happens at Knockhill, the championship will look very different."
SEAT UK motorsport manager Scott Dennis admitted that the Knockhill weekend will be crucial to the team's chances of success, with big points needed to keep the championship fight alive.
"With only nine races of the 2008 season left, success at Knockhill will be crucial if we are to keep our Championship aspirations alive," he said. "Jason currently trails Fabrizio Giovanardi by forty-four points in the drivers' championship and the main priority will be for Jason to outscore him in all three races.
"Now that we understand the Leon TDI a little more I'm confident that we can hit the ground running on Saturday and be competitive in qualifying."