Santander Salt TAG Racing excited ahead of Oulton Park trip
This weekend the Santander Salt TAG Racing outfit travel north to Cheshire for round nine of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, with Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield’s sights firmly set on strong race performances during the triple-headed weekend.
Following a strong three-week break for the pair after a challenging previous round at Cadwell Park, the duo head to Cheshire high in confidence, aiming for strong points finishes in all three races at Oulton Park.
Linfoot, who currently sits 12th in the Championship standings, still has a mathematical chance of making into the end of the ‘Showdown’ but has a 72 point gap to Andrew Irwin in sixth.
The Yorkshireman has now turned his attentions to challenging for the 2019 Riders Cup, which three solid finishes across the weekend will see ‘Linny’ throw his hat firmly in the running for the battle to become the Riders Champion.
Teammate Shaun Winfield has set his sights firmly on collecting his first points of the year this weekend, after a experiencing a challenging meeting at Cdawell Park last time out.
Oulton Park has been a happy hunting ground for the 26-year-old in the past, and he is hoping that this weekend will be positive as he aims to begin the final four rounds of the season in style.
This weekend will see the Bennetts British Superbike Championship run three races across Saturday and Sunday, with the final top six riders selected for the end of season battle for the title after the final outing on Sunday, something in which bothLinfoot and the team have their fingers crossed for.
Dan Linfoot: “I am really looking forward to this weekend, the triple header is always good fun because we have lots more track time and a busier weekend so that is great. This time of the year the weather is always a little mixed, so that could throw something different into the equation also.
“We have three chances to have some strong races this weekend and my mentality is much like it has been all year, we need consistent top six finishes. The last few rounds haven’t gone our way on the race day, and that is something is I want to turn around this weekend.
“Realistically, a much better target is to set my sights now on a Riders Cup challenge. It is still mathematically possible to get into the Showdown, but I have to win all three races, and the rest of the people in front of me in the Championship have to crash out or not finish, and it is unlikely that is going to happen.
“So realistically the most we can do finish seventh overall, and that is now our target. We need to start that challenge this weekend and three top six finishes will help towards that and bring us closer to the front.”
Shaun Winfield: “It’s nice to get back on track, although it’s only been a few weeks it’s felt like a lifetime and I’m raring to go this weekend. Oulton Park is a great track, every lap I always have a smile on my face the track is that fun.
“The last few weeks I’ve been training hard, I feel a lot stronger and that will only help at Oulton, it’s extremely physical but that is why I love it, it’s a real challenge. The circuit tends to suit the Yamaha well which is always a help.
“I’m still to score my first points of the season, which is really frustrating, but I’m aiming to collect them this weekend. That is my goal and I want to leave the track on Sunday with a bag full of points because we have three chances with one more race on Saturday afternoon.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “As a team we are really looking forward to this weekend at Oulton Park, it’s a real shame that the Showdown is just out of Dan’s reach but there is still the ‘Riders Cup’ to play for and as a team we are fully focussed on that.
“The small break we’ve had from racing has been good, it has given us time to focus on other areas and improve the bikes. We have a lot of good data from Oulton Park, and both Dan and Shaun are expected to have strong weekends.”