Santander Salt TAG Racing searching for success at Donington Park
The penultimate round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship gets underway this weekend at the home venue of Sandtander Salt TAG Racing, with Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield setting their sights on success at Donington Park.
Following on from a positive end to the previous round of the Championship, where Dan Linfoot made a breakthrough with the front-end issues that have plagued him and his side of the garage all season, and Shaun Winfield’s strong top 20 finish in Holland send the pair to Donington Park high in confidence.
Dan Linfoot heads to the Derbyshire based circuit ready to do battle as he aims to collect another podium finish in 2019. The 31-year-old Yorkshireman endured a tough meeting at the 2.4-mile circuit and is aiming to avenge that disappointment this weekend.
Teammate Shaun Winfield heads into his home round with his eyes firmly set on collecting his first points of the season, and is fully motivated to put on a show for his supporters and sponsors.
The Donington Park GP circuit is a happy hunting ground for the team, who have collected two podiums in as many years with James Ellison and Josh Brookes, with ‘Linny’ and the team ready to carry on this tradition.
The teams sidecar outfit of Chris ‘stalker’ Walker and Ash Hawes are back in action also at Donington, after the pair enjoyed a solid meeting last time out at Assen. The pair sit just nine points behind Biggs/Schmitz who occupy fifth place in the series, and they have set their sights on moving up the Championship standings.
Dan Linfoot: “I think, and hope, it will start to come good now because we found something and made a big step in the final race at Assen, so moving forward to this weekend if we have the same feeling, if not better, I am hoping we will be much stronger.
“The weather is set to be a little bit up and down so we will wait and see on that, but I am really looking forward to racing on the GP circuit at Donington. We were quick there last time but we ran into issues during the races, so I am looking forward to getting back there and put those issues right.
“I want to go out on a high in 2019, I want to get the best results possible and podiums are the target obviously. The bike is good at Donington, the team have had podiums there before so there isn’t any reason why we can’t continue that.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m really looking forward to Donington, not just because I live 15 minutes away but because it’s my home round and I want to try and round off 2019 in style. Last time we raced at Donington we didn’t have the strongest of weekends and I am aiming on improving that this weekend.
“It is such a great track, and this time we will be racing on the longer Grand Prix layout, which suits our bike well, the team have had plenty of success there in the past and I want to add to that. My aim is to get into the points, and I want to round off my time in the Superbike class on a high before I move classes for 2020.
“I love the track and I have plenty of supporters and sponsors coming over the weekend, who I want to reward with a strong weekend.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “As team we’re really looking forward to this weekend at Donington Park, it’s our home round and after the breakthrough we made in the second race at Assen with Dan we are confident we will be stronger this weekend.
“The last time we visited Donington back in May we had a weekend to forget and both Dan and Shaun want to put that right this time around, podiums and strong points are on our agenda.
“We have made some slight changes to the bikes for this weekend, putting in practice what we learnt from Assen and we have some things that both riders want to try, so hopefully come Sunday we will be in a strong position.”