British Superbikes face showdown
THE 2011 BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP started back in April and has taken in circuits all over the UK. However, when the series arrives at Cadwell Park on August 27, it will mark the end of the first phase of the championship. After the Cadwell round only the top six riders in the standings will be eligible to compete in the end-of-season, seven-race ‘Showdown’, so the meeting on August 27-29 will be one of the most important of the year.
Two-time British Superbike Championship winner Shane Byrne looks comfortable at the top of the standings with 201 points compared to ex-MotoGP star John Hopkins’ 182. But when Motor Sport closed for press there were still another three rounds remaining before the ‘cut-off’ and everything to play for. Only 12 points covered the crucial sixth to tenth positions in the championship and any one of those riders could make the Showdown.
The August round at Brands Hatch is one of the biggest on the calendar and spectators are in for a treat this year with its triple-race format. A race on the Saturday followed by two on the Sunday will mean Thousands of spectators camping out over the weekend, creating a proper festival atmosphere. Add to this the fact that both layouts of the famous Kent circuit are being used for a BSB event for the first time and the weekend looks unmissable.
One member of the Motor Sportteam has just come back from the Isle of Man TT and spent the last month telling everyone just how exciting bike racing is. The editorial team didn’t need much persuading, and we doubt you will either.
Race day tickets start at E25 for both events and can be bought at www.brandshatch. co.uk or www.cadwellpark.co.uk or by calling 0843 453 9000.