Alastair Seeley aiming to repeat past triumphs at Brands Hatch
Alastair Seeley leads the British Supersport Championship by 30 points as practice begins this morning at Brands Hatch for the fourth round of the series.
Seeley had a double success for Edward and Gail Allingham's EHA Racing Yamaha Team at Donington Park last time out as defending champion Jack Kennedy crashed out, scoring zero points for the first time this season.
The racing in the Supersport class has been scintillating, fast and furious, with Seeley yet to finish off the podium in the six races to date.
The Carrickfergus rider said: "I'm really looking forward to Brands Hatch as always, especially after the double at Donington.
"We proved we have a real strong package and that we are definitely championship contenders, so we can't wait to get stuck in this weekend."
Kennedy will be back in action at Brands after breaking a scaphoid bone at Donington.
"I've had a scan on my wrist and the doctors are really happy with it, and the stitches are out, so we're good to go and fully focused on the task ahead," the Dubliner said.
Kennedy dropped to joint second in the championship with his team-mate Brad Jones following the crash and is keen to get back to winning ways.
"I've given the wrist lots of rest and then had some physio ahead of the weekend," he said.
"I love Brands GP circuit and, even though I may not be on 100% top form, I think we should be okay."
Following set-up changes to his Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki during a test day at Knockhill recently, Glenn Irwin - who has had a tough start to the BSB Championship with ninth his best result so far - believes the team has made a step in the right direction.
"It may not seem like we have had a lot to shout about so far," the Carrickfergus rider said.
"But we have improved every time we have been out.
"Going to Brands Hatch I feel good because I had a win and a podium on the GP circuit last year.
"It has been good working with Phil Marron and we made a key change at Donington and it was a step in the right direction, getting closer to where we need to be."
Part of Irwin's problems this season is that he tested all winter on Leon Haslam's championship-winning machine, and then when the new 2019 Kawasaki arrived it was a totally different animal and way different to the Ducati he had been used to before.
He has a long way to go if he wants to get into the final top six shootout at the end of the season and this weekend could be key as to his progress.
Brother Andrew Irwin currently lies in eighth position in the championship, four points behind Josh Elliott, the Honda and OMG Suzuki riders looking to move onwards and upwards this weekend at Brands Hatch, as will the Tyco BMW pairing of Christian Iddon and Keith Farmer.
In fact BMW have only two wins around the Brands GP circuit, the last by Michael Laverty in 2015.
A host of Irish riders are at Brands and should figure in the leading results in the supporting classes.