Anvil Hire TAG Racing eye podium return at Knockhill
Anvil Hire TAG Racing return to Bennetts British Superbike action this weekend in Scotland, at the Knockhill racing circuit, with James Ellison setting his sights on two strong podium finishes and Shaun Winfield eyeing more points North of the border.
The team walked away from round four with contrasting fortunes and are ready to avenge their recent form and walk away with bagsful of points, as James Ellisonlooks to force his way back into the showdown spots, with Shaun setting his sights on climbing the Championship ladder.
After a frustrating time in Norfolk, walking away with just eight points, James Ellisonis now fully focussing his thoughts on picking up two podiums North of the border.
The Cumbrian enjoyed success in Scotland last year, narrowly missing out on the victory by just 0.4 of a second from Jake Dixon. The 37-year-old is expecting more of the same after a solid test at the 1.2-mile track three weeks ago, where the former MotoGP racer lapped under the lap record onboard his Anvil Hire TAG Racing machine.
Shaun Winfield heads into this weekend high in confidence, after picking up his first points of the 2018 season at Snetterton, the Derbyshire man has his sights on picking up more points in Scotland. Shaun also enjoyed a solid test alongside his team mate in Fife, lapping under his personal best consistently, on the freshly resurfaced Scottish tarmac.
James Ellison: “I’m really excited ahead of this weekend, we’ve seen steady progress to get a good feeling with the rear of the bike. I have a good feeling when I use the SC1, but it’s a different feeling with the SC0. We got pretty close at Snetterton, but then I was wiped out in race one and crashed out after I hit the curb in race two, after I started strongly.
“We have made progress, and after we’ve tested at Knockhill and Cadwell we’re getting close, but I’m just not 100% happy. But, we have made progress, I can’t wait to get back out on my bike.
“The new Knockhill surface is amazing, there is a lot of grip and most of the bumps have been ironed out, certainly into turn one, and now I feel like I can go faster and faster into the corner. Everyone is going to be finding the limit, it’s going to be a very close weekend, and everyone is going to be running a very similar place. We need every last little bit at Knockhill, because everyone are going to be so close.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m looking to kick on this weekend following on from the success we had at Snetterton and I want to add to my points tally. Knockhill is a great event every year, the fans are fantastic up there and now the track has been resurfaced, I’m sure we’ll provide fantastic racing.
“The surface is amazing, you can break later and run a lot more corner speed with the smoother tarmac, and I was considerably under my personal best lap time when we tested there. We found a good setup to start with, which was much improved from last year, so I know we’ll hit the ground running on Friday.
“I know I can keep in the points, it’s important to continue this momentum we have built, and I can’t wait to get back on track.”
Team Manager Gary Winfield: “This weekend is a big three days for us, we need to walk away with two strong podium finishes and that’s the least we should be walking away with, we have the package and it’s all starting to come together now.
“We enjoyed a solid test at Knockhill a few weeks ago, and we also found a good direction to go in at Cadwell Park, so we’re expecting a strong weekend. Shaun has had a taste of success at Snetterton, we want that to continue. He works extremely hard, and to see him in the points was great, and we expect that to continue.
“Podium points are a must now, we’ve slipped down the field and we need to start the climbing the Championship ladder, and I can guarantee we won’t go down without a fight this weekend.”