Josh Elliott and Alastair Seeley renew title warfare

Josh Elliott
Josh Elliott

The British Championship resumes this weekend with Northern Ireland’s Josh Elliott and Alastair Seeley set to renew their battle for the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 title.

Seeley has clawed back ground in the championship standings on the Tyco BMW, taking full advantage when Ballinamallard’s Elliott crashed out at Brands Hatch to wrap up all 25 points last month.

The Carrick rider came out on top again at the previous round at Thruxton at the beginning of August, pouncing on the final lap to snatch victory from young prospect Elliott, who had led for most of the race.

Elliott still leads the title charge by 17 points with five rounds remaining but will be wary that his more experienced rival is chipping away at his advantage.

The Morello Kawasaki rider will be keen to avoid conceding more ground this weekend at Cadwell, where practice commences today.

The Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race is scheduled for an 11.20am start on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Gearlink Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin and fellow Ulsterman Andy Reid will be gunning for the podium in the Supersport class.

Jordanstown’s Reid is ingood form awith a brilliant runner-up finish in race two at climb to fifth in the championship table.

Irwin, fresh from a sensational performance at the Ulster Grand Prix, is currently third in the standings but has failed to bag a podium finish since Knockhill in early July.

He is now 66 points behind series leader Luke Stapleford but with 250 points still available before the championship has concluded, everything is still all to play for.

The Sprint race takes place tomorrow at 5.20pm over 12 laps with the Feature race on Sunday at 3.25pm (16 laps).

In the MCE British Superbike class, Tyco BMW”s Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell will be aiming to consolidate their positions in the Showdown top six this weekend.

Laverty is currently fifth, three points ahead of his team-mate, and both will be keen to put a poor showing at Thruxton behind them as they bid to get back on track with the S1000RR at Cadwell.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes is flying high after four straight wins and leads reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) by 12 points as the pair battle it out for the top spot in the championship.

The MCE British Superbike races are scheduled for 1pm and 4.30pm on Sunday.