Despite extending his lead by three points at Silverstone, Fabrizio Giovanardi has vowed to keep pushing at the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship title race goes to the final rounds of the season at Brands Hatch.
The Italian extended his lead over Jason Plato to 44 points after battling back from a below-par performance in qualifying at the Northamptonshire circuit – where he managed to qualify only eleventh on the grid.
Although he battled his way up to fifth place in race one, a win for Plato saw the SEAT man bring the gap down, but Giovanardi then stormed to victory in race two and took third place in race three, while Plato struggled with tyre wear on his Leon TDi and saw himself lose the ground he had made up earlier in the day.
"I was struggling after the first race because I was trying to the max and Jason won," Giovanardi told Crash.net
. "He gained eleven points on me and I said 'Oh my god. I finished fifth and he has taken eleven points'. If I scored three performances like that, at the end of the day the lead would be zero with the performance the SEAT has shown until now.
"It was important to believe in the performance of the car as race one was tough and I felt we had a bad set-up for the wet. I said we had to play another card so we went a different way and the second race was different because, okay I was without ballast, but the car was totally different and I was confident of trying to win."
Giovanardi now needs to score just nine points on Finals Day to secure the title, which means a race one podium would be enough to lift the crown even in Plato wins and secures the three bonus points on offer.
However, the Italian said he wasn't going to change his approach going into the race weekend as to simply race for the points would be 'asking for trouble'.
"I want to go to Brands Hatch and not think about scoring the points to get the title in the first race," he said. "When you use that strategy, sometimes you get into trouble.
"You have to push to the maximum to win the race because the more you push, the more your head is concentrated."