Santander Salt TAG Racing out for revenge at Brands Hatch bash

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Swadlincote based Santander Salt TAG Racing are out to avenge the disastrous weekend endured at Donington Park, with Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield setting their sights on podiums and points respectively as the duo look to kick-start their 2019 campaigns.
Following a challenging weekend at Donington Park where both Linfoot and Winfield failed to collect any Championship points, the pair are ready to prove a point at the big Brands Hatch bash.

In the two week break the team enjoyed a strong test in Scotland at Knockhill, where both Dan and Shaun worked hard on their set-ups of their Yamaha YZF-R1’s, overcoming the technical issues that plagued the duo at the previous round of the Championship. However this was cut short due to the rain which swept in at lunchtime.

Dan Linfoot, who has enjoyed a strong break from action, is excited ahead of the weekend at the Brands Hatch GP circuit after his solid test in Scotland.

The 30-year-old has enjoyed much success at the Kent circuit, and is out to succeed at the big Brands bash.

Team-mate Shaun Winfield equally enjoyed a strong test at Knockhill, leaving with a much stronger knowledge of the Ohlins suspension, which will be brought in to this weekend at Brands Hatch.

The 25-year-old has his eyes set on collecting his first set of points of the 2019 season, at one of his favourite circuits on the Bennetts British Superbike calendar.

Chris ‘the Stalker’ Walker is back out in action at Brands Hatch for the second round of the Molson British Sidecar Championship with passenger Tom Christie.

The pairing struggled at the opening round of the season at Oulton, but fans favourite Walker is determined to pick up their first points haul of the season.

The Brands Hatch GP circuit is a firm favourite with riders and fans alike, a natural amphitheatre, that produces the very best of racing.

The GP circuit holds strong memories for the Santander Salt TAG Racing team, who still hold the lap record from 2017, and the scene of our last victory in Bennetts BSB.

This weekend also sees the start of the Integro ‘Summer Triple Crown’, a cash bonus bonanza for the BSB rider that wins all six races of the three Summer rounds at Brands Hatch, Knockhill and Snetterton.

Dan Linfoot: Brands Hatch is a place where the team and the bike have had a lot of success in the past so I’m encouraged by that history, and I’m really looking forward to getting on the bike and experiencing how strong it is around there. 

“Obviously as everyone knows we’ve had issues at the start of the season, in the races especially, but I’m ready to get a good load of points on the board for the Championship. 

“The test on Monday was cut short due to heavy rain in the afternoon so really we only had three runs in the morning. But don’t get me wrong to say we had three sessions my lap times were good, and we were close to where we need to be, so that is encouraging. 

“We still have some work to do at Brands, we’re still trying things, but I’m definitely excited for the weekend.”

Shaun Winfield“I’m really excited to get back on track, I left Donington frustrated because I knew it wasn’t good enough, I expect much better from myself and this weekend I’m expecting to walk away with points.

“My test at Knockhill went really well, it was nice to gain some really strong data and we’ve learnt a lot more regarding the suspension and how it works for me, and we did all that before the rain cut short the day, so I can’t wait to get back on the track. 

“The Brands Hatch GP circuit is a great place, it just flows in to each and every corner and it’s the best place to race a motorbike. I want to walk away with points, I have my eyes set on producing a successful weekend and I want to walk away with a strong points haul.

Chris ‘the Stalker’ Walker: “I’m excited to get back out on track, Brands is mega circuit and it holds great memories for me from my career in Superbikes. Tom and I are aiming for much better this weekend, it’s important we work hard during free practice and qualifying to get the best possible set-up and grid position for the race.

“It’s vitally important that we walk away with Championship points, Oulton was tough for us both but we know where we can improve, and I’m hoping for a much better weekend for everyone involved. #OldButGold.”

Team manager Gary Winfield: “After Donington Park we all sat down as a team and evaluated the situation and we knew it wasn’t good enough, in the past two seasons we haven’t had many, if any, technical issues so to have the amount we did at Donington was difficult to take, but that has now been and gone, we’re all focused on this weekend. 

“We’ve had a strong few weeks in the workshop and we have had made the changes we feel that will make the difference to our performance on track. In the break we enjoyed a great test at Knockhill which we’ve taken some great data from, which we can use this weekend. 

“Both Dan and Shaun know exactly what we want from them, in terms of the Showdown we need to start collecting podiums from this weekend, and Dan is fully confident he can do that. Shaun is aiming for points and he loves the GP track, so we’re excited ahead of the journey to Kent.