The FIA World Touring Car Championship finally returns this weekend for rounds 15 and 16 of the 2012 season, and I can’t wait!
This next race is a long haul, with the championship heading out to the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba in Brazil; a track at which I’ve tasted success in the past.
The circuit’s known for its long straights and banked corners, meaning the Chevrolet Cruze can really make its power count.
However, with my main championship rival Yvan Muller in the same car I’ll have to rely on my driving skills and bravery to make sure I get ahead.
Since my last race in Portugal six weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed where I took part in its famous hill climb.
Due to commitments this was the first time that I’ve attended, and I absolutely loved the experience.
I got to meet loads of fans and check out a number of fantastic car displays before driving a Chevrolet Camaro up the hill and putting on a show for all those who lined the course.
During the break you also may have heard that Chevrolet is withdrawing its works support from the WTCC at the end of the season.
While I’m disappointed I would like to say that the last eight years have been amazing and I am incredibly grateful for my time with the team.
But now my focus is on Curitiba: I’m expecting another round of closely fought racing, as the stakes rise ever higher.
With only 18 points between Yvan and me, the next couple of rounds in Brazil and the USA could really affect who goes on to take the world title.