Brands Hatch beckons for Anvil Hire TAG Racing

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Following a positive start to the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, where James Ellison picked up his and the team’s first podium of the year at Donington Park, both him and Shaun Winfield are aiming to continue the momentum at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this weekend
After a solid start to the year, the Anvil Hire TAG Racing team head South to the Brands Hatch Indy in a confident mood ready to kick on and build on the foundations laid at Donington Park just two weeks ago.

James Ellison, who currently sits in seventh place of the Bennetts British Superbike standings on 16 points, only three outside of the Showdown, is aiming to walk away from round two with maximum points after finding a strong setup with his YZF-R1.

The Brands Hatch Indy circuit is a favourite with the Cumbrian born man who still holds the lap record around the 1.2 mile track, and he is fully focussed on bringing home the goods come Sunday afternoon.

Following a challenging opening round for 24-year-old Shaun Winfield he has his sights firmly set on picking up points at one of the most physically demanding races on the calendar.

Winfield, who has had previous success at the short, twisty and technical track is ready to kick start his 2018 season in Kent, as he aims to pick up his first points of the year.

James Ellison: “I’m really excited for this weekend, I was pleasantly surprised at Donington Park because we still had some work to do to make it into a race winning bike. I was happy running at the front, but I didn’t think we had a winning bike as of then, turns out we did. Although we didn’t win the race it proved it wasn’t far away at all, we still have some development work to complete, so we’re only going to keep moving forward.

“I do go well at Brands Hatch Indy, and the only issue with that is expectations are really high, so if we don’t win or set a lap record then people are disappointed. We are heading into this weekend knowing we still have work to do and must focus on making the bike stronger than it was at Donington. We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be easy just because I hold the lap record or that it’s a good circuit for me and the bike is working well at the minute.

“The aim is to win races, my expectations aren’t too high but I’m confident it’s going to be a good weekend. The goal is to win races, that’s always the goal and my main focus. We’ll know a lot more after FP1, but I’m heading there confident and very excited.”

Shaun Winfield: “I’m raring to go this weekend at Brands Hatch, after the hand we were thrown at Donington Park I can’t wait to get back out on track. I’ve already put the results at round one behind me and I’m ready to hit the ground running from Friday morning.

“My goals are the same as always I want to get into the points and continue to build as quickly as I can. The Brands Hatch Indy circuit is a tight and twisty track, and it’s a place where you don’t get much of rest so I’ve been working hard in the gym to improve on my fitness so I’m ready as I’ll ever be.”

Team Manager Gary Winfield: “This weekend at Brands Hatch is another chance for us to prove people wrong, and show that round one wasn’t just a fluke. To pick up our first podium of 2018 was a fantastic way to start the year but it’s important to pick up points in every race and not throw away any results.

“Both James and Shaun are fully aware of their goals this weekend, James wants to win and pick up as many points as he possibly can to push him into the top six. Shaun needs to be in the points, both he and we know that, and it is vital to his season that he gets into the top 15.

“Brands Hatch is always a great place for racing and it’s important that we put on a show for our sponsors, partners and supporters and give them something to cheer.”