Jason Plato has once again admitted that he will be focused on nothing apart from winning races as the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the year.
Despite a double win at Knockhill last time out, the second time in three meetings he has achieved the feat, a retirement in the final race means he heads into the weekend still trailing Fabrizio Giovanardi by more than 40 points in the standings.
While the SEAT Leon TDi is currently the car to beat, with six wins in nine races since the summer break, Giovanardi's lead means he is likely to secure back-to-back titles and deny Plato the chance to add to his 2001 crown.
With that in mind, Plato said he had nothing to lose and would just be going all out to win – having admitted to Crash.net
at Knockhill that the remainder of 2008 was now effectively a test session ahead of 2009.
"The Silverstone National Circuit should suit our Leon TDI perfectly and I think we'll be very strong there," he said. "The track only has six corners, two of which are tight and lead on to long straights - and that's exactly where we can benefit from the extra torque of the turbo-diesel engine.
"At this stage of the season all we can do is try to qualify on pole, win races and set fastest laps. I'm forty-one points behind Fabrizio and we have nothing to lose. We'll try to do our very best at Silverstone and put on a good show for the fans. We need Fabrizio to score zero points in the first two races and for me to win both to stand any hope of winning the title. All I can do is try to win races, and that'll be the aim at Silverstone."
Ahead of the weekend, Plato took the chance to carry out some unofficial testing at Silverstone thanks to his role as a columnist for the tabloid 'paper The Sun
as he took to the track in the Sun
'battle bus' for a special photo shoot.
"It handled like a cross-Channel ferry," he said. "There's quite a lot more space inside - and my touring car doesn't come complete with 16 boxes of chicken tikka crisps, various footballs and beach balls, two coffee machines, an air-conditioning unit and enough seats for the whole of my team..."