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Motorsport's Seeley and Reid have big targets in mind


Andy Reid

Andy Reid

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Andy Reid

Alastair Seeley - a treble winner at this year's Vauxhall International North West 200 - is ready to take the challenge to fellow Ulsterman Josh Elliott this weekend at Snetterton during round four of the British Superstock Championship.

Twenty-one-year-old Elliott currently leads the series by eight points on his Morello Racing Kawasaki from South African Hudson Kennaugh, with Seeley a further five points back on the Tyco BMW.

And despite Elliott dipping inside the class lap record at a recent test, 35-year-old Seeley fancies a win to get himself back on track.

After setting the fastest time in yesterday's opening qualifying session, the Wee Wizard said: "We didn't come to test here with the other boys earlier this month, as the team were fully focused on the Isle of Man TT, but it doesn't seem to have done me any harm."

Speaking of his rivals, Seeley added: "With Hudson struggling a bit with injury it looks like it may be just me and young Elliott this weekend.

"His drive and determination reminds me of myself when I had when I first came to British championship and he will be looking for the win as much as I will.

"The game plan is to try and pull the pin on Sunday and hope he can't go with me."

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Seeley's training buddy Andy Reid, who is also from Carrickergus, will be returning to a happy camp this weekend after his TTC Yamaha team won both Supersport races at the Isle of Man TT with Ian Hutchinson.

Reid's goal at Snetterton is a couple of podium finishes as he looks to establish himself in his debut season in the British Supersport class and he is itching to get back on the track after a break in the season.

Reid said: "When I got that first podium at Oulton Park, I wanted to try and carry that momentum on, but we had a six-week break before this round, so it's felt like an age since we raced.

"It should be a good weekend though and I'm ready to get going again.

"I was pretty fast at Snetterton on the test day so I'm feeling well up for it."

Fellow County Antrim racer Glenn Irwin will be one of Reid's main challengers for the win this weekend on the Gearlink Kawasaki. Irwin has yet to win a race this season and currently holds fourth place in the championship standings and will be keen to show his metal at one of this season's fastest circuits.

Michael Laverty will also be looking to get his season up to speed at Snetterton in the British Superbike class with Tyco BMW.

Laverty has had a poor start to 2015 on his return to the BSB paddock and will soon be under pressure to deliver results in the factory backed BMW Motorrad team.

Laverty finished 14th in yesterday's second Free Practice session.

British Superbike qualifying takes place today at 4pm, followed by the British Supersport Sprint Race at 5.15pm

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