It’s a relief and a pleasure to be heading for Donington Park. It’s a fantastic venue that at one point looked like it was going to be out of service for a very long time. The layout has only changed at the final chicane of the National circuit but it’s enough to create a new lap record waiting to be set. I hold the class record for the old National and GP circuits so I’ll see if I can make it a hatrick.

Especially in shorter National form, without the two hairpins at the end of the GP lap, Donington is a spectacularly flowing circuit that rewards commitment and precision. Craner Curves, the downhill right-left, is one of the very best corners out of the 42 tracks I’ve ridden around the world. The Streetfighter will be wide open in fifth gear with big lean angle. Just thinking about it makes the hair stand up on my neck.

Yet again a horrific deadline at work is preceding the race meeting. With all due respect to my fellow Streetfighters, arguably my biggest rival for much of this year has been my employer and the 90hr weeks of unpaid overtime. Employment lawyers please note the Contact tab above right! Thankfully, this time it won’t keep me from attending practice and qualifying.

A big treat this weekend is that my dad is flying over especially from Canada and my sister is driving down from Scotland to see me race. A load of friends and sponsors are coming too. I think I’ll have to break out the sausage rolls and lime cordial.