|SEAT and Kptk92 return to Sebring International after enjoying a strong test session there in the off-season|
Kptk92 believes that the winner of the Season 5 Championship will be the one who deals best with the "outside threats" on the grid.
The Championship leader was referring to the resurgence of Volvo, who recovered from two poor showings at Mazda Laguna Seca and Twin Ring Motegi to take four wins out of five events at Circuit de Catalunya with VVV Shifty and oHoncho, and the strong showing of four-time Champion x Shuffle in his first event after his switch to the Ford Focus.
While it is still mathematically possible for everyone to win the Championship, realistically it is a two horse race between former team-mates Kptk92 and o0o JAM1E o0o, with the nearest Volvo of Shifty trailing second place by 87 points and the Championship lead by 105 points. But Kptk92 says it won't change his approach to the second half of the season.
When asked what he could do for the rest of the season, Kptk92 replied: "We achieved the maximum we could from every situation last week (at Catalunya) and when you look at Honda you could say that maybe they didn't have the best event, so now we have a nice little gap which hopefully we can continue to build in the coming races. But it's not just about beating o0o JAM1E o0o - we have various outside threats on the grid, Volvo had a very strong event last week so we cannot rule them out, they have a very strong race car and have had two pole positions but more importantly they get off the line very well too so usually we spend most races trying to overtake them. Also x Shuffle is back in with a shout of victories at every race in the Ford so we need to be very cautious we don't make mistakes against these guys and lose valuable points. The priority is to beat Jamie and so far, so good." I hope if I have a bad race then everyone else will be there to take points away from Jamie.
"Coming back to this specific event, we had a great test in the off-season but Volvo looked very competitive as well. It's a reasonable run down to the first corner so we'll just try our best to adjust to whatever situation follows after turn one. Fortunately there's lots of straights which should help our car a little bit against the Hondas and Fords. We need to target consistent podiums - we mustn't forget that Road Atlanta is next and Honda will be extremely quick, so we need to win as many points and races as possible at Sebring."