It's do or die time for honorary Geordie Jason Plato as the title fight in this year's British Touring Car Championship hots up.
The SEAT driver admitted this week that he must drive "balls out" in today's three races at Donington Park if he has any hope of closing in on championship leader Matt Neal as the series enters its second half of the season.
Currently lying third in the points standings - 40 adrift of reigning champ, Neal - Plato knows it has to be a case of pedal to the metal this afternoon if he is to keep his dreams of lifting a second title alive.
While it may sound a lot, 40 points is about the equivalent of three race wins, and JP is - as ever - bursting with confidence that it can be done, with the full belief that his Super 2000-spec SEAT Leon will outclass his rival's BTC-spec Honda Integra around the high-speed track.
"I have many happy racing memories of Donington and I think it will be a good track for us this year again because even though it's fast - and our Leon is down on top straight-line speed - all the corners are pretty fast and flowing," he said.
"It's going to take some balls-out driving, but you know, that's just the way I like it!"
Of course, as with all things BTCC, Plato does have his work cut out if he is to be the man bringing home the silverware by season end in October.
With five meetings left to go, each with three races, JP must take at least eight points from Neal each round.
He also has to leapfrog series nice-guy Colin Turkington who currently sits second in the Team RAC MG, and will no doubt be ready to quietly swoop on the crown if Plato and Neal mess up.
"If we achieve what we did at Croft for the remaining races this year, it's going to be a fantastic fight to the finish," added JP. "I've had three non-finishes this year and between them the two guys ahead of me, Matt and Colin, have had one. You have to applaud them for that, but even with my three non-scores I'm right up there.
"If they have a retirement and I score well, the points situation will dramatically change. We gained five points on the leader at Croft and the aim is to gain even more at Donington.
"If we can put Matt and Colin under pressure, mistakes can happen. It's wide open. We're going on a full-out attack and it will be very exciting to watch."
Oh what a night
As the countdown begins to our annual visit from the British Superbike Championship, the first date to stick in your diary is Wednesday, August 9.
The North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club - those folk behind the popular Colin Edwards visits each year - have organised an Arai sponsored night at Club Amadeus in Northallerton just days before the bikes roar into Croft circuit.
World Superbike works Kawasaki star and crowd favourite Chris Walker, along with Airwaves Ducati factory rider Leon Haslam, will be joined on stage by rising BSB star Jonathan Rea (Red Bull Honda) as well as the Australian Hawk Kawasaki duo Craig Coxhell and Dean Thomas.
Also attending will be Superstock ace Ian Hutchinson, Vivaldi Superbike pilot Ollie Bridewell and a host of other top riders in the show which gets underway at 8pm.
Arai UK managing director John Wakefield will be on hand as will the Arai Race Service truck, and the evening will be hosted by roving BSB pit lane reporter, Larry `Scoop' Carter.
Admission is £6 per person (members £4) and there will be the usual late bar, raffle, auction and giveaways, plus the Arai technicians and staff will be on hand to offer advice and service so remember to take your lid along.
For further details, call (01782) 569800 or check out www.nyrrsc.net. As ever, Burning Rubber will be there too, so if anyone fancies getting the beers in we certainly won't argue!