|Kptk92 wants to draw a line under a disappointing campaign and has shown his intent, going fastest in early practice|
Kptk92 is looking to take full advantage his current form tonight as he targets a top 2 finish in the Event Standings at Laguna Seca to end his season on a high.
Despite consistently being in the mix this season, Kptk92 has had to take a backseat to Championship rivals x Shuffle and o0o JAM1E o0o - who have been in the top 2 in the Championship since the end of the first event of the season. But even though it's looked like a two-horse race for the title this season, Kptk92 trails his team-mate o0o JAM1E o0o by only 8 points. It's been an impressive turnaround when the gap between the two drivers was as high as 34 points at one stage in the season.
And while o0o JAM1E o0o looks ahead to one final showdown with his main Championship rival, Kptk92 said he will be looking to capitalise on any mistakes from his rivals as he looks to gain team supremacy for the first time since he first joined the SEAT outfit at the start of the season and possibly spring a Championship surprise by pushing x Shuffle hard.
Kptk92 said: "I came away from Hockenheim last week in pretty good shape. I took the most amount of points of anybody in the Event Standings and it was a pretty strong performance. Halfway through the event I was ahead of my team-mate in the Championship Standings so maybe if I didn't know my position halfway through I could have put a bit more focus into the individual races rather than trying to defend my new position from o0o JAM1E o0o. Still, to be 8 points off with one event to go, it doesn't look as bad as it has done so I'm looking to put in one great final shift and get ahead."
Experts within the BTCC paddock have pointed out this week that crucially Kptk92 hasn't dominated the win and podium statistics like his two rivals above him. While Kptk92 has delivered 27 podiums including 7 wins, his team-mate has scored the most podiums of the Championship trio with 33 podiums including 7 wins. However, both have failed to take 14 wins like x Shuffle has, who has visited the podium 31 times.
And Kptk92 knows where to improve for next season: "Well, it's easy to see after looking at those statistics where the problem is. When things have gone wrong for us, BMW have always been there to fully capitalise and they've got the quality to do that on a consistent basis. Our side of the garage have learned that a lot this season and we've been playing catch-up all season to still be in mathematically with a chance of the Championship. It's a long shot but it's still possible. We'd rather be in first but you could argue we're in a good position because we have the least amount of pressure - we have nothing to lose."
The gap between Kptk92 and x Shuffle is 32 points, with 105 points on offer in the final event of the season at Mazda Laguna Seca. The SEAT driver leads the timesheets in early practice by 0.025 seconds from the Championship leader.