Santander Salt TAG Racing aiming to continue strong form north of the border
Santander Salt TAG Racing are aiming to build momentum this weekend north of the border following on from the great weekend achieved at Brands Hatch as they travel to Knockhill, with Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield confident of collecting strong points hauls.
Last time out the team worked hard and overcame front-end issues that had plagued both Dan and Shaun all season long, with Linfoot collecting his first podium of 2019, cutting the gap down to the Showdown spots to just 28 points.
The 30-year-old Linfoot, who enjoyed a strong test at Knockhill just over a week ago, is ready to prove a point by collecting more important Championship points, with the aim of chipping away at the points difference between the Yorkshireman and Xavi Fores, who sits sixth in the standings.
This weekend in Scotland Dan will celebrate his 200th race of his successful Bennetts British Superbike career in the opening encounter, and is excited by the possibility of walking away with silverware from the 1.3 mile track.
Winfield is equally as excited for the trip north of the border after making in-roads, and finding a breakthrough, to his front-end issues at Brands Hatch and has enjoyed a strong two-week break training hard with his new personal trainer.
The 25-year-old experienced a solid test at Knockhill last week and he is ready to transfer that information, and the information gathered at Brands Hatch, into points scoring finishes in Scotland.
Chris ‘the Stalker’ Walker is also back out in action following on from a difficult weekend last time out at Cadwell Park, the Sidecar Revival, where he only collected a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s opening race.
Walker is aiming to welcome a new passenger for the remainder of the season, after splitting with Tom Christie following on from Cadwell Park last weekend, and he is hoping for a much stronger outing north of the border.
Dan Linfoot: “I’m definitely looking forward this weekend, we had a little taster and a spin around Knockhill two weeks ago and we had a few good dry sessions, so it will be our aim to carry on from there. We had a decent weekend at Brands, but we need to keep up that momentum and push for the front.
“I like Knockhill, I’ve some had good results there and have some great memories up there also, so from that point of view I’m looking forward to getting up to Scotland and seeing what this weekend brings.
“I’m after two strong results again for the Championship, we moved a lot closer at Brands because before that we quite far back. The key is to bring home as many points as possible to try and lift myself as far up the leader board as I can.
“It’s all to play for, it’s good to know that there isn’t that many points separating myself from where to need be in the Showdown, but there are still quite a few races to go. So, hopefully we can bridge that gap, have a strong weekend, keep this smile on my face and continue the momentum.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m really excited to get back to Knockhill this weekend, it’s a track in which I really like because it’s so different and it does test you as a rider. Our test last week went really well, even though we had half a day on track, I still feel confident we can hit the ground running this weekend.
“Now we have worked out the issues with the front end I feel much more comfortable with the bike and I know I can push a lot harder, because I have the confidence with bike now that I haven’t had for most of the season.
“My aim is walk away with points, I feel this weekend will be stronger for us and I have a lot of confidence that I can grab some points and walk away in a strong position than the one I will arrive in.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “As a team we are reinvigorated following on from what happened at Brands Hatch, we felt it was only a matter of time before we got things right and I’m certainly excited to get up to Knockhill to show what we can do.
“At the recent test we had there we walked away fairly happy, both Dan and Shaun posted really strong lap times and that was before we finally got the bottom of our front-end chatter issues, so I’m very encouraged about what they can do this weekend.
“Strong points hauls for both riders is what we are expecting, especially for Dan, we are only 28 points behind Fores who sits in sixth and our aim is to get as close to him as we possibly can.”