Jordanstown’s Andy Reid is relishing the opportunity to return to action at this weekend’s sixth round of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch.
The 21-year-old made the difficult decision to sit out both races at Knockhill in Scotland at the previous round to avoid risking further damage to the heel injury he sustained in a heavy crash at Snetterton in round four.
Reid fractured a bone in his heel in the incident and has been undergoing laser treatment and physiotherapy to speed up the healing process.
The Team Traction Control Yamaha rider has made the most of the past two weeks to ensure he is in the best condition possible for this weekend’s races at the Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent, where Reid is targeting the top step on the TTC YZF-R6.
“I had some more laser treatment on my heel on Thursday morning and it seems to be okay, so we’re pretty much as close to being fit as we can be at this point,” said Reid.
“I’m able to put my weight on it and we’re definitely getting there. I’m not anticipating any problems with it initially but you never know over a race weekend, so we’ll see how it goes: I reckon it should be fun.
“It was a tough call to make at Knockhill but I feel it was a wise one and the team was supportive in my decision. My pace was okay at Knockhill in free practice but that wasn’t the worry, I was more concerned about making it worse if something happened during one of the races and ruling myself out for much longer,” added Reid, who is eighth in the championship standings with 67 points.
“I really enjoy Brands Hatch and we’re going to try our best this weekend as always and see if we can come out on top. Obviously, I’d like to win this weekend and we’re going there with that in mind.
“Brands has proved a hard track for me in the past although I’ve had plenty of podiums there without being good enough to win, so hopefully we’ll be able to change that this weekend.”
Gearlink Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin will be brimming with confidence after bagging a hatful of points at Knockhill with a victory and third place finish.
The Carrick man leads the title race by a single point from Kyle Ryde and will be aiming to stretch his advantage at Brands this weekend.