Fabrizio Giovanardi says he is looking to simply maintain his lead in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone, despite the fact he could mathematically secure the crown in the penultimate meeting of the year.

The defending champion heads into the weekend with a buffer of 41 points over closest rival Jason Plato and will secure back-to-back crowns if he can outscore the SEAT man by twelve points - with a maximum of 52 points being available on Finals Day at Brands Hatch.

It remains to be seen if that is achievable come race day, with the diesel-powered Leons expected to be strong around the high-speed National layout, but Giovanardi said his focus was on scoring points to keep his lead going into the final three rounds of the year.

"I know the Silverstone circuit well, and have raced there lots before," he said. "Obviously taking the success ballast into consideration, I can only hope for a points finish which will allow me to stay in the lead in the drivers' championship. I'd like to hold onto my 41 point lead heading into the final rounds at Brands Hatch."

Matt Neal currently lies fifth in the standings as the second of the VX Racing drivers and, as the venue where he took one of his BTCC crowns, the double champion said he was looking forward to the weekend.

"The Silverstone National circuit is very short, however, Copse Corner is a particularly challenging part and is the fastest corner on the track so needs careful preparation," he said. "It will be good to take the Vectra VXR round the track, it's proved a very strong circuit for the car in testing. I'd like us to try and secure a strong points score out of the Silverstone weekend."


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