Fabrizio Giovanardi admits he is hopeful of a strong performance at Thruxton as the VX Racing man prepares to return to the circuit where he secured the 2007 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship title.

The Italian came out on top of a titanic battle with Jason Plato at the Hampshire circuit to secure the crown by just three points having trailed his SEAT rival going into the weekend.

This time around, Giovanardi heads to the quickest circuit on the calendar at the head of the standings after securing three wins in the first nine races of the year although he admitted that he wasn't sure how the new Leon TDi used by Plato and Darren Turner this season would perform.

"Historically for our car it is a good circuit," he told Crash.net, "so we expect to be one of the fastest cars. However, we have to wait and see where the SEAT is - sometimes they are quick, sometimes they struggle.

"They have an advantage when there is lot of acceleration but at Thruxton, there are long, fast corners so their advantage might not be as big. They might also struggle under braking and on the tyres as they are very heavy."

Giovanardi heads to Thruxton on the back of extending his lead in the championship standings to 16 points during the third round of the season at Donington, but the Italian admits he can't afford to get complacent as he chases back-to-back titles.

"It was a good weekend as I started with some trouble and made some mistakes but it ended up okay," he said. "If you win at Donington, it means you have had to put a lot of effort in and there is always a big fight so it was nice to get a win.

"I gained points against Mat Jackson but lost points against Jason so I need to be careful, as someone is coming back at me in every race."

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