With that said, I’m not settling for second, and I’m not keeping an eye on the positions behind me, I’m just trying to get as many good points as we can and I want to just stay in touch. The next round is at Thruxton, where I took two wins earlier in the year, and that was coming off the Donington weekend, so I’m in a much more confident state of mind now!
Even with the gap to Colin, it’s great to be fighting for the title with a car that’s really dialled in. I’m enjoying this season, which I’m really happy about as it’s looking incredibly likely that I won’t be on the grid next year.
I’ve had a great run in the BTCC, I’ve done more than I ever thought I could have done, but all good things must come to an end at some point. The dream for me in 2020 would be to come back and stay with West Surrey Racing for another season, but if it can’t happen, that’s no bad thing.
I’m very well aware how it works commercially, and if we can’t come up with a deal that all adds up commercially, then that’s how it is. If it wasn’t like that then I have no doubts in myself that I should be on the grid, but that’s not how it works in this day and age.
The saddest part would be leaving West Surrey, I’m really happy here and feel like it would be ending sooner than it should. I’ve been a part of the BTCC for the past 12 years, and it will be a little weird if I’m not back next year, but I won’t be too sad. As one door starts to close, many more start opening, and I’m really chilled about next year.
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