This weekend is a special one for me. Brands is one of my favourite tracks and, from growing up in Kent and going there with my dad to watch everything from trucks to the legendary Le Mans winning Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9, it feels like home.
Last year this home advantage kickstarted my season in GP1. This year I’m hoping it will help get it back on target. All I want is to win. I’m trying not to think about points.
The Brands Indy circuit is short and flowing, but is demanding in its own way. It should really suit the Aprilia Tuono’s chassis character, and I know it lets me play to the strengths in my riding. It can be hard on rear tyres, so I’ve stocked up with some extra Dunlop D211GPs.
A number of people are making the trip to Kent from my title sponsors S&B Automotive Academy and helmet sponsors White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors, so I’ll want to put on a good show for them. Quite a few friends and family will be there too.
With a bit of luck the sun will shine and we’ll have a great weekend. Wish me luck.
The 2008 season was my novice year, and I entered Thundersport’s top class, GP1, on a GSX-R1000 K4. Racing on a shoestring, with no back-up at all and riding the oldest bike on the grid, I scored strong results against fierce competition. These performances earned recognition and praise from commentators, organisers, and rivals alike, culminating in the club’s Rookie Of The Year award.