Rookie Andy Reid steps up his bid for first triumph
British Supersport Championship rookie Andy Reid believes the action at Oulton Park on Sunday should provide him with his best chance to date of a maiden victory in the class with Team Traction Control Yamaha.
Reid, who currently holds sixth place in the standings, recorded fourth and third placed finishes at Oulton Park back in May, and with a feature race lap record to boot, the 21-year-old Jordanstown racer is confident of a Cheshire victory.
"My outlook for the championship is to finish as the top Team Traction Control rider, but the ultimate goal is to win races," said Reid from his GB base where he has been training with another leading British Supersport contender Kyle Ryde.
Reid said: "I have been putting a big effort in with my fitness and training this past few weeks, so the aim is to be up there challenging for wins in the final eight races this season.
"Yes, I need to up my game a little, but I must also remember I'm a rookie in the class and have had five podiums this season already. The goal this weekend is to pick up where we left off, but a top step is my main focus."
Three other Ulstermen will be looking to make their mark this weekend at Oulton Park.
In the British Superbike class, Michael Laverty will be aiming to consolidate his position in the all-important top six with local team Tyco BMW.
With three races at Oulton Park over the weekend for the Superbike contenders, Laverty needs a strong showing to make the cut-off on Sunday, when the top six in the championship become the Showdown contenders.
In short, one of the Showdown top six will be crowned champion after the remaining six races at Assen, Silverstone and the concluding round at Brands Hatch on October 18.
Newtownards-based Australian Josh Brookes tops the standings with Milwaukee Yamaha.
In the Superstock 1000 class, local men Josh Elliott (Morello Racing) and Alastair Seeley (Tyco BMW) will continue their championship battle on Sunday. Elliott leads former champion Seeley by 22 points.