Snetterton on the horizon for confident Santander Salt TAG Racing
Swadlincote based Santander Salt TAG Racing are in high spirits ahead of this weekend’s trip to Norfolk for the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Snetterton, where Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield are aiming to continue their strong form, with Linfoot looking to close the gap on the Showdown places and Winfield aiming for his first points of 2019.
Following on from a positive weekend north of the border at Knockhill more than two weeks ago, the team are confident ahead of the journey to Snetterton with a strong attack on the showdown places planned.
Dan Linfoot has returned to the UK after a solid three-day test in Japan at the Suzuka circuit ahead of his appearance in this year’s eight-hour event, which is held at the end of July.
The 31-year-old Yorkshireman travels to the 300 circuit just 37 points shy of Xavi Fores, who occupies sixth place in the Championship standings, and Linfoot has his sights set on closing the gap to the Honda Racing man.
Shaun Winfield has enjoyed a strong break from action, training hard away from the circuit, and is ready for action at the 2.9-mile venue.
Snetterton hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for the 25-year-old, who will celebrate his 26th birthday on Friday, however he has his eyes firmly set on bringing home his first set of points of 2019 as a late present to himself.
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Dan Linfoot: “I’m excited ahead of the weekend, last round I felt we under-performed slightly in terms of what happened in the races but our strength in practice is certainly something that I’m taking confidence from.
“The bike is quickly becoming a joy to ride again, we’ve overcome the front end issues and I feel this weekend we’ll be able to show our true pace.
“Snetterton is a circuit I really enjoy, I’ve had some really strong results there in the past and I’m fairly certain it will suit the Yamaha. Our aim is to gain strong points, two top five’s and pushing for the podium, which I feel we will be more than capable of doing.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m excited ahead of this weekend because we made a great step forward at Knockhill in terms of feeling with the bike, so I can’t wait to get back out on this weekend.
“Snetterton is a great track, it flows naturally and it is such a fantastic circuit. Although I haven’t had much success there in the past, I can only look to the future and I have a lot of things I want to achieve this weekend.
“The team have worked around the clock to improve the bikes again since Knockhill, and I’m excited to see what those changes will make to our package on Friday morning. The track suits our bike naturally so I’m excited by the prospect of what this weekend will bring.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “We enjoyed the little break as a team but the hard work behind the scenes hasn’t stopped, we’ve been working non-stop at the workshop and we’re more than ready for this weekend.
“On review we left Knockhill slightly disappointed because we felt we should have at least got more out of the first race, but that is now behind us and we’re focusing on this weekend.
“Snetterton has treated us well in the past, we had a double podium there in 2017 and the track suits our bike well so it’s important we make the most of this. Dan and Shaun are fully aware of their tasks this weekend and we’re planning on leaving with solid points for both riders.”