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Wee Wizard Alastair Seeley aims to see off Josh Elliott at Cadwell Park

By Paul Lindsay

There are only four rounds remaining in this season's British Superstock Championship, which has turned into an all-Ulster dogfight for the title between Ballinamallard's Josh Elliott and the Wee Wizard from Carrick, Alastair Seeley.

This weekend the series heads to the narrow and undulating - if not intimidating - Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire, where former champion Seeley, will be looking for his third consecutive win of the year on the Tyco BMW.

Statistically it's the Carrickfergus racer's least favourite circuit on the calendar, having only recorded three podiums since his opening foray in British championship, back in 2008. In saying that, his only win at the famous Mountain Circuit came in 2009, the very same season he went on to win the Superstock 1000cc title with Relentless Suzuki.

Could that be an omen for things to come?

Recounting his solitary victory at Cadwell, Seeley said: "That win in 2009 came after I had totally destroyed our bike in the first practice session. But I suppose when things are going for you, they go for you, which hasn't always been the case for me at Cadwell."

Last season a lacklustre day at Cadwell, where sixth place and a non-finish were all he had to offer, eventually cost Seeley the British Supersport crown with Mar-Train Racing; a mirror image of the previous year, 2013, when a best result of eighth place at the Lincolnshire venue again cost him the middleweight title on the Gearlink Kawasaki.

Coming into this weekend, Seeley openly admits that with a 17-point advantage, young Elliott and his Morello Racing Kawasaki team are currently in the driving seat in the Superstock 1000 series.

But with two British titles under his belt and a record-breaking 15 wins at the North West - I can see the hard-charging Seeley upping the ante and intensifying the pressure over the next eight weeks.

En route to his final gym session before heading to Cadwell, Seeley said: "It's all about qualifying well at Cadwell and while the second half of the circuit maybe doesn't suit me so much, as it's very physical, the first half is fast and flowing and I can use that to my advantage as the circuit is narrow and very hard to pass on."

Speaking of his main rival he said: "We forced Josh into his first mistake of the year at Brands, then went on to take the win for Tyco BMW last time out at Thruxton, which sort of surprised him a little.

"With a 47 point advantage a few weeks ago it was his championship to lose, but we've got it down to 17 now, so the goal is to try and increase the pressure this weekend, and make it three wins on the bounce."

Seeley also predicted yet another final day fight for a British title.

"I think those couple of little technical issues we experienced at the start of the year put us on the back foot a little, or we would maybe have been leading the championship ourselves at this point," said Seeley, who admitted it's still currently 'advantage Elliott'.

"It's absolutely advantage Elliott at the minute. He's done a great job so far this year with consistent podiums, but leading a championship is one thing; getting it across the line is another, and I'm sure the likes of Hudson Kennaugh will have his say in the outcome," remarked Seeley of the reigning champion, who is not out of contention just yet, despite trailing Elliott by 46 points.

Whoever is crowned champion on October 20 at Brands Hatch is anyone's guess, although Alastair Seeley will be desperate to discard the bridesmaid's title that has dogged him for two consecutive seasons on the final day.

For now the Wee Wizard from Carrickfergus must conquer Cadwell's Mountain, while young Elliott needs to remain focused and unfazed by his more experienced adversary, both on and off the track. It certainly promises to be an interesting 15-lap battle this coming Sunday morning, off the grid at 11.20am.

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