Andy Priaulx admits that he still isn't giving up hope of retaining the World Touring Car Championship, despite that fact that his slim chance of a fourth straight world crown could be ended in Japan.
Priaulx makes the trip to Okayama this weekend lying fifth in the drivers' standings but is 34 points behind series leader Yvan Muller.
With just 40 points to play for over the remaining two weekends of the year, Priaulx needs to outscore Muller by 14 points, and second placed Gabriele Tarquini by five points, to retain hope of lifting the title heading to the traditional season finale in Macau and while he admits that he needs to be realistic about his chances, the Guernseyman said he had no intention of giving up.
"I have never even been to Japan, let alone raced there," he said. "I know very little about the track other than a video I have seen on the internet.
"As regards the title race, I shall never give up until the points' total says it is impossible for me to win, but I have to be realistic about my chances this year."