Snetterton beckons for Santander Salt TAG Racing
The 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship rolls into Norfolk this weekend for rounds four, five and six of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with Dan Linfoot and Jack Kennedy looking to avenge the tough opening round at Donington Park. Teammates Shaun Winfield and Liam Delves are also out in action looking to build on their strong start to their respective campaigns.
The former airfield circuit of Snetterton plays host the next event on the shortened Bennetts British Superbike calendar, with its fast and flowing nature teamed with slow, twisty hairpins, the 300 circuit is one of the team’s favourites following on from previous success at the Norfolk venue.
Yorkshire’s Dan Linfoot has also enjoyed good success at Snetterton in the past, with a number of top five’s and podiums secured. This weekend Linfoot is aiming to kick start his 2020 season, after leaving Donington with just two points from the opening three rounds, leaving him 19th in the standings.
Fellow Superbike rider Jack Kennedy is also out for revenge and aiming to get his season back on the right path. The double British Supersport Champion heads to Norfolk confident that the changes the team have made to his Yamaha YZF-R1 will help in his conquest for three solid top ten finishes across the weekend.
Shaun Winfield heads to Snetterton high in confidence following on from a strong opening round onboard his Pirelli National Superstock 1000 machine, collecting a solid points haul over the two races. The 27-year-old travels to Norfolk with goals of reaching the top ten, and climbing the Championship leaderboard.
Sitting fourth in the Pirelli Superstock 600 Championship, Liam Delves is also full of confidence heading to the 2.9mile circuit. Delves made a great start to his season at Donington Park, narrowly missing out on the podium on his first weekend with the team.
The teenager is confident he can go one step further at Snetterton and has his eyes set on his first rostrum of 2020.
The weekend will see the superbikes take to the track for two free practice sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, with qualifying and race one later in the day. Sunday will see two races run for Dan and Jack. Shaun and Liam will only race once on Sunday.
Dan Linfoot: “I am looking forward to getting to Snetterton this weekend, it’s a circuit I really enjoy riding and one that has treated me well in the past. Donington was a non-event for me, to walk away with two points was not how I, or the team expected to start the season.
“The team have worked incredibly hard in short space of time to in sourcing new components for me and Jack to try in order to solve the issues we are facing, which is something I am eager to try.
“I have full faith in the team, we are sticking by each other to find the issue, I know how hard they work behind the scenes and that has always given me confidence, so like I say I can’t wait to get to Snetterton.”
Jack Kennedy: “I still feel like we have done little bike time with the superbike obviously because of lockdown and the Coronavirus pandemic, and at this point we would have done many more rounds in a normal season.
“I feel like I’m still getting to know the bike, and I don’t feel too comfortable on it just yet, but when I am, that’s when you’ll see the results coming. Snetterton is fast and flowing but the infield section is one of the tightest on the calendar I think, it is really tight and twisty with a few first gear corners so it will be a good test for us.
“I know the team have been working really hard between the last round and this weekend to get our issues sorted, so I feel once the bike is where we want it, I can get the results we need.”
Shaun Winfield: “I’m raring to go for this weekend at Snetterton, we made a decent start at Donington Park and it’s time to kick on now. Picking up my first points of the season was a solid base to build on, but truthfully, it was nice to be in a battle again, I loved it.
“Snetterton is a great track, it’s one of my favourites on the calendar and it does suit the Yamaha well so I’m looking forward to seeing how the Superstock bike will get on because we haven’t tested or raced there since last year.
“I want to walk away with a good points haul again this weekend, I’m looking to break into the top ten, I know that is going to be tough but I’m ready for the challenge.”
Liam Delves: “I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the bike this weekend, we had a such a strong start to the season at Donington so I’m excited to see what the bike can do at Snetterton.
“My mindset isn’t going to change, I’m going to go about my business in my own way, focussing on myself rather the rest of the field around me. I learnt a lot from round one and I’m going to take that into this weekend. Getting on the podium is my sole aim, and like I’ve said I need to continue my form, keep collecting solid points and push myself closer to the Championship lead because we’ve made a brilliant start.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “Things are starting to come at us thick and fast now and we’re more than ready for rounds four, five and six at Snetterton.
“It’s fair to say that Donington was a non-event for us in terms of the superbikes, it’s common knowledge that we are struggling with continual chatter, and we have been working long hours to find the issue. I must thank Steve, the team at Raceways and McAMS Yamaha for their support over the last few days, they have been incredibly helpful, as well as Yamaha UK.
“We have new components to try this weekend and we’re hoping that we can move forward now with our development with Dan and Jack onboard.
“Both Shaun and Liam impressed at Donington Park, walking away with solid points is what we asked of them and they both achieved that, so hopefully this weekend they can go better and climb further up the Championship table.”