Round 9 Preview - Silverstone
Eugene McManus Junior returns to action this weekend as team E15 Racing visit Silverstone for Round 9 of The Hel Performance Motostar British Championship. Eugene and team member Aodhan Tolan joined Team City Lifting for the recent British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit and both enjoyed the experience;
"I got a real feel for life in the motoGP paddock I'd love to be part of it one day in my career, I was very lucky to be introduced to some of my hero's, I had a look around team garages and got to help out Tom and Jake with Team City Lifting. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to be part of the weekend"
"It was a surreal experience, it's not everyday you get to walk around a motogp paddock and meet some of the world's best, I'd like to thank City Lifting for inviting us along"
Eugene has very little track time and experience around the Silverstone circuit and last season's results, including a P19 will be blown away on current form. The RS Racing KTM package is working well and a top 5 finish is more than achievable.
The benchmark again will be the City Lifting duo of Tom Booth Amos and Jake Archer, who smashed their PB's during their Grand Prix weekend. Other contenders in the mix could be Storm Stacey and Ed Rendell.
This weekend sees the next crucial stage of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship when the six Title Fighters will be decided in an intense triple-header race card.
The Motostar Championship has two races around the 3.66 mile circuit with Free Practice 1 on Friday at 10.15am, FP2 at 14.55pm, followed by Qualifying on Saturday at 10.20am. Race 1 is also on Saturday at 15.15pm with Race 2 concluding the weekends line up at 14.55pm on Sunday afternoon.
Eugene currently sits in fourth position of The Motostar Championship on 154 points, 21 adrift of third place Storm Stacey, two positive results could see him close the gap and the focus will be on finishing both scheduled races. There are 8 left in 2017 so plenty of points are still up for grabs, The Wee Bull will need to keep an eye on Richard Kerr who is now only 2 points behind him in the Championship.
Images courtesy of: Clive Challinor