Josh Elliott and Alastair Seeley set for Sunflower battle

British Superstock 1000 title contenders Josh Elliott and Alastair Seeley
British Superstock 1000 title contenders Josh Elliott and Alastair Seeley

Ballinamallard’s Josh Elliott is set to continue his British championship rivalry with Alastair Seeley at the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt in Co Down.

Elliott is currently locked in battle with the Tyco BMW rider in the Superstock 1000 class and holds a lead of 17 points over the Carrick man ahead of next weekend’s penultimate round of the series at Silverstone.

The 21-year-old Morello Kawasaki rider is currently focused solely on winning the British title, but Elliott is relishing the chance to compete on home soil at Irish short circuit racing’s showpiece event on Saturday, October 24.

British Superbike rider Danny Buchan – who won the prestigious Sunflower silverware at his maiden attempt last year – has already confirmed his return to defend his crown, while Seeley is another major contender for the big prize on the Tyco BMW.

“The plan is to come to the Sunflower and we’re trying to organise that at the moment. My team are willing to come over and it would be great to get a run out and put on a show for the local fans,” Elliott said.

“Obviously Danny Buchan will be there and Alastair Seeley as well, so it will be a good event and it should be really competitive.”

Elliott’s superb run of form this season has brought him to the attention of several British Superbike teams and the Fermanagh prospect revealed he is already in talks over his plans for 2016.

“BSB is the goal next year but obviously I want to get into the right team. Some of the teams are wary of taking a risk with a young rider and would rather go for an experienced rider, which is a bit disappointing,” said Elliott.

“But I can see it from their point of view because obviously they want a rider who they feel is almost sure to get them results rather than taking a gamble with a young rider coming through.

“It’s all about having the right people around you in the right team and that’s what I’m doing at the moment: I’m having talks with different Superbike teams,” he concluded.

“If nothing suitable comes off, then I’ll look at the best possible option to remain in the Superstock 1000 class next season or else European Superstock.”