Season finale beckons for Brookes and Anvil Hire Yamaha at Brands Hatch
This weekend the MCE British Superbike travelling roadshow heads South to Brands Hatch for the final round of the season, with Josh Brookes aiming to slice the 32 point deficit to Championship leader Leon Haslam to win the 2017 title, with team mate Shaun Winfield aiming to round out his season in the points.
The Brands Hatch GP circuit plays host to the remaining three races of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship, with the title still up for grabs and within the grasps of the Derbyshire based Anvil Hire Yamaha squad.
75 points are on the table, with three races over the triple headed weekend, one on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday, the Championship is still fully within the reach of Josh Brookes.
Brookes currently holds second place within the standings, sitting on 580 points, 32 behind Leon Haslam who leads the way, and the Bringelly man is focussed on winning all three races across the weekend hoping to push himself towards his second British crown.
Josh currently holds the lap record around the 2.4 mile GP track, posting a 1:24.8 during race two earlier this season, and after a strong performance in the ‘Garden of England’ on the last visit, Josh certainly won’t be going down without a fight this weekend, as he battles for his second British title, and the team’s first.
Shaun Winfield has recovered well from his injuries he sustained at last time out at Assen, and is fighting fit ahead of the final three races of the year. The 24-year-old has his eyes firmly set on adding to his Championship tally, and ending his season on a high.
Ahead of the weekend, a focussed Josh Brookes said: “We can only focus on the job we can do and that is to go to Brands Hatch and try and win all three races. Any position this season is hard to achieve as it is so close but we need to bring the most energy, focus and determination to Brands Hatch and hope that we have that luck.
“I think looking ahead to the weekend we should all reflect on the battle between Tommy Hill and John Hopkins because I think the final round will be reminiscent of that. Whoever it is between at the end I think the racing is going to be brilliant and it certainly won’t let the fans down!”
An equally determined team mate Shaun Winfield added: “I’m excited for this weekend at Brands, I can’t believe how fast this season has gone and I’m aiming to make a strong end to the season. I’ve recovered well from my injuries that I sustained at Assen, I’m feeling as strong as ever and I’m ready to do battle.
“Brands Hatch is a great track, a perfect setting for the final round of the Championship and one of my favourite tracks. It’s flows, it’s fast and natural amphitheatre for the fans. It’s a big weekend for the team, and I want to add to that to hopefully make it memorable for everyone involved.
“I want points, I want to round out this season on a high, I know I can do it, the bike is very capable and I’ll be pushing as hard as possible to achieve it.”
Team Manager Gary Winfield summed up by saying: “Well this is it, the final round of the season, the last three races of the year and 32 points separates us from the Championship lead. It’s going to be a big ask, but that is what everyone said at the start of the year, and look at us now. The points gap won’t stop us trying, we’ve come this far and we won’t be giving in, we’ll be pushing Leon all the way, giving him a bigger headache each time we head out on track.
“I need to put on record how proud I am of everyone involved, this year we’ve proved everyone wrong, and we still can this weekend. I don’t need to say anything about Josh, he’s been a class act all year, he’s going to be fully focussed from the word go at Brands, and we hope he’ll bring home the goods come Sunday evening.
“Shaun is ready to fight again, he’s rested up well and is fully fit again for this weekend after the crash he had at Assen. Points is what we expect from him to end his season on high.”