Off the back of his superb win in race two at Paul Ricard, Fortec Motorsport's Alexander Rossi is confident going into the final Formula Renault 3.5 round of the season in Catalunya this weekend.
The American sits fourth in the championship with 138 points, six points behind Daniel Ricciardo, but with the Australian competing in the Japanese Grand Prix for HRT, Rossi will be looking to snatch third in the championship in MontmelÃ³.
Moreover, the 20 year old will look to solidify his standing as the series' top rookie in 2011 and holds a 18 point advantage over Tech 1 driver Kevin Korjus.
Rossi said: “There is always mixed emotions coming into the last race of a season as on one token, you don’t want it to ever end as you seek the all illusive perfect weekend, but at the same time there is excitement in the sense that everyone's hard work throughout the year will finally come to fruition.
“We go into this last race weekend focused on winning two more races and affirming the opinion that we were championship challengers from the start of the season. I always enjoy Barcelona and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the 2011 season to a close in such a great place.”
Fortec Motorsports will also be keen to consolidate second in the team's championship this weekend and maintain their six point advantage over ISR.
The Czech team will not have the Suzuka-bound Ricciardo amongst their ranks this weekend and have once again turned to GP3 starlet Lewis Williamson, who raced for the team Motorland in the season opener.
Fortec Motorsports Team Manager Jamie Dye said: “The team is really looking forward to the final push, to give Alexander a firm hold on 3rd place in the drivers' championship and to show all that he has done an exceptional job for a Rookie against the experienced series drivers. Alexander has been strong all season and I know that he will do his best for the team and his sponsors in Barcelona this weekend.
“Cesar (Ramos) can certainly gain ground this weekend; he's driven well in recent races and with some strong qualifying sessions, I am confident he can move up the table.
“From a team perspective, we are six points ahead of ISR at the moment but some strong results should consolidate this lead and secure second place for us in the team's championship.”