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Nico Mawhinney is relishing big date with a favoured circuit

By Paul Lindsay

Castledawson joiner Nico Mawhinney is struggling to stop smiling after a dream debut in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship, which forms part of the high-flying British Superbike series.

Aboard the Seadrift Racing Kawasaki, the Ulsterman scored points on the opening weekend at Donington Park on Easter Monday with a more than respectable 12th place.

Last weekend at Brands Hatch on the tight Indy Circuit, Mawhinney finished just outside the top 20 on his first visit to the Kent venue, but remains upbeat and is now looking forward to Oulton Park on May Day Monday.

"I never thought this British Championship series would be as competitive, but it really is," said the former Irish Superbike champion. "You really do have to be on the pace from the first practice session, such is the strength in depth, but I'm having a great time and really enjoying the challenge."

Recounting Easter Monday and his debut experience of the most competitive national series on the planet, he said: "Donington Park was a great weekend for myself and the team and to score points just outside the top 10 was a dream come true."

Although Brands Hatch was a slightly different proposition, he can't wait to get to Oulton Park in Cheshire, which is one of his favourite venues.

"I knew I would struggle at Brands Hatch as I'd never ridden it before, but next up is Oulton Park. Now that's a circuit I really enjoy, so let's hope I can put it to good use for both myself and the Seadrift Racing Team," concluded the 21-year-old.

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