This weekend the Anvil Hire TAG Racing team head South to the fastest track on the calendar, Thruxton, where James Ellison and Shaun Winfield aim to replicate the team’s success from 2017 as they aim to close down the points gap to the all-important top six
Following a frustrating weekend at Brands Hatch, the Anvil Hire TAG Racing outfit are out for revenge and are ready to replicate their performance from 2017, which saw the team take their first ever Bennetts British Superbike victory.
James Ellison heads into the seventh round of the series sitting 13th in the Championship standings with 55 points, and knows that this weekend is vital for him to make his mark on the all important top six.
Thruxton hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for the former MotoGP racer, with his last podium at the 2.3-mile circuit coming in 2013. The Cumbrian is fully focussed on improving that record, and has his eyes firmly set on picking up two strong results this weekend.
Shaun Winfield celebrates his 100th Bennetts British Superbike race this weekend, during the second outing come Sunday afternoon, and is determined to bring home the goods as he searches to add to his 2018 Championship points tally.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a strong round in Hampshire in 2017, picking up two strong finishes and posting a personal best lap time in race two, which was faster than most of the top 10 finishers, something in which ‘Munch’ is aiming to better once again this weekend.
James Ellison: “I’m looking forward to this weekend, Thruxton is a great circuit and I don’t know of any rider that dislikes the track. We were lacking a little bit of speed at Brands Hatch, so the team have made a few little tweaks for this weekend. It hasn’t been an issue all year, but at the last round we were losing out in certain areas.
“Thruxton is an awesome track, it’s just so fast. The track has had its rough points for me personally, I’ve broken my wrist there and my femur, but I’ve got happy memories from 2013 and 2009 taking to the podium, but it’s such a fun place to ride. It’s fast, flowing and very technical, because it’s so wide there are lots of different lines you can take, and you have to know your way around the track.
“I’m pushing to be back on the podium again, we haven’t had one since round one and we are still looking for the setting to improve my feeling on the bike, but I know we aren’t far away.”