Cadwell Park beckons for Santander Salt TAG Racing
This weekend the Santander Salt TAG Racing outfit travel to Lincolnshire for the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the infamous Cadwell Park, where Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield are aiming for a strong weekend, with Linfoot looking to close the gap on the top six and Winfield aiming for his first points of the campaign.
Following on from a solid weekend last time out at Thruxton, where Dan Linfootcollected two strong point scoring finishes, and Shaun Winfield just missed out on his first points of the season, the duo head to Cadwell Park full of confidence.
Linfoot, who has just returned from a trip to the Austrian MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring with his Dad, where they rode together through France, Germany and Switzerland, is ready to get back in action at his home circuit.
‘Linny’ currently sits 12th in the Championship standings on 73 points, 66 behind Andrew Irwin who occupies the final showdown spot. Two podium finishes for the 31-year-old Yorkshireman this weekend will see him claw his way back in to contention for a top six challenge.
Teammate Shaun Winfield is equally as motivated for the trip to Lincolnshire after almost collecting his first points of the year at Thruxton.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a solid break from racing action, training hard in the gym with his trainer twice a day and is fighting fit ahead of one of the most physically demanding tracks on the calendar.
Cadwell Park is one of the most famous circuits in all of the UK, with its fast and flowing nature, teamed with a tight and twisty woodland section that concludes the lap.
It also boasts one of the fiercest pieces of tarmac in the UK, the ‘mountain’ which sees fully blown superbikes fly through the air, a real crowd pleaser at one of the most popular events on the calendar.
Dan Linfoot: “I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on the bike and back to the day job. Cadwell is a special place for everyone really, it’s really unique and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I haven’t actually ridden there for two years, in 2017 I broke my hand in race one after crashing at turn one and last year I had a broken wrist but I do like Cadwell, I just don’t seem to have had good results there, which is something that I am trying to improve upon.
“I’m looking to getting stuck in, seeing how the private test and practice goes and I’m looking to have some strong races.
“For sure the private test is good, on one hand it’s good to get some time because Cadwell is such a tough track to get up to speed on and dialled in on with the bike, so that is helpful. But our aim is to plan our strategy to get the most out of the bike in the races, so on that point of view it’s definitely good to have time before.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m really looking forward to getting to Cadwell, although it’s not a track that tends to suit our bike I’m feeling confident ahead of the weekend.
“I love the track, it’s a real riders track and it takes a lot out of you because it is so physical, and the mountain is like nothing anyone will ever experience. It’s a buzz to launch a superbike airborne I’ve got to admit.
“My aim this weekend is to get some points on the board, I’m feeling much fitter and stronger after two solid weeks in the gym after Thruxton which will help around Cadwell.
“I came close to the top 15 last time out and I’m really confident I can continue that form, because I feel like we’re getting closer to where we need to be.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “As a team we’re really looking forward to this weekend at Cadwell Park, although it’s a track that doesn’t tend to suit our bike we’re excited ahead of the races.
“It’s important we come out of the blocks firing this weekend, we need to pick up as many points as we possibly can and that is our aim. When we tested here back in March we collected some good data, and it’s certainly something we can work from with both Dan and Shaun.
“We know that we need to collect as many points as possible to keep one hand on a showdown place and we’ll be doing all we can to do so, Dan is up for it which is extremely important.
“Shaun is expecting to walk away with solid points, he came close at Thruxton and we’re confident he’ll do it this weekend. Cadwell is great place, it’s real home for every bike fan and we’re looking forward to seeing a big crowd over the weekend.”