Jordanstown prospect Andy Reid hopes to build on his excellent rostrum finish at Oulton Park last time out as the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship resumes this weekend at Snetterton in Norfolk.
The Team Traction Control Yamaha rider claimed third place in the feature race at Oulton in May after bagging a solid fourth in the Sprint race.
The 21-year-old, who narrowly missed out on the Pirelli National Superstock 600 title in 2014, is currently fifth in the championship standings with 51 points ahead of this weekend’s fourth round of the championship.
“When I got that first podium at Oulton Park you want to try and carry that momentum on, but we had a six-week break before Snetterton so it’s felt like an age until the next round,” said Reid.
“It should be a good weekend though and I’m ready to get going again.
“I was pretty fast at Snetterton on the test days and I was quickest on the first day and led on the second until the final session, which I didn’t go out in.
“Luke Stapleford and Glenn Irwin went a bit faster than I did, so this weekend it looks like it’s going to be tough and there are a lot of riders that could be up there challenging for the win.
“To be in contention for any championship you’ve got to be in that top three and have consistent results.
“It’s taken me a little bit longer than I expected to get onto the box but we struggled a bit at the start of the season and had a little bit of a slow star,” he added.
“We had a few issues with set-up and I had to settle into the team and work with a new crew whereas most of the leading competitors remained in the same team, so I felt like I was on the back foot a bit.
“But we made progress at Oulton and I hope that we can capitalise on that now.”
Gearlink Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin will also be aiming for the top step this weekend as he attempts to bridge the 16-point deficit to Luke Stapleford at the top of the championship.
The Sprint race takes place tomorrow afternoon from 5.15pm with the Feature race on Sunday, scheduled for a 3.40pm start.
Meanwhile, Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley also returns to his day job as the Carrick man, who trains alongside Reid, aims to close the gap to the top in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.
Seeley is 17 points adrift of series leader and Ballinamallard rider Josh Elliott (Morello Kawasaki) in third place after finishing third behind Hudson Kennaugh and Elliott in the previous round at Donington Park, which was incorporated into the World Superbike meeting.
Tyco BMW’s British Superbike pair Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell will also be aiming to capitalise on their progress at Oulton at the beginning of May after a difficult start to the season in the MCE British Superbike class.