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Team Castrol Suzuki back in Scotland


    2004 Season Introduction | Vallelunga, Italy Result | Hungary Result

    Team Castrol Suzuki sidecar pair Steve Webster and Paul Woodhead's busy season continues apace with another trip up to Knockill, near Dunfermline in Scotland for the latest chapter in their quest for the Eastern Airways British Sidecar Championship title.

    It's rounds 8 & 9 of the series and after two wins and a lap record last weekend at Croft, they'll be determined to give a repeat performance.

    There's a 20-lap race on the 1.3 mile track on both Saturday and Sunday, and having blazed a 44-point lead after seven races Webster will be striving for another maximum result.

    It'll be the second time this season that Webbo and Woody have been up to the hilly Knockhill venue. The opening round of the series was to have been run there back at the beginning of May, but tragically a serious accident in a solo race earlier in the day caused abandonment of the meeting before the sidecar race was run.

    Since then though, Webster has notched up five wins on his Suzuki GSXR1000 powered outfit in the six races so far held.

    "Knockhill is a tricky circuit, as it is very hilly, and quite bumpy. We've also seen some wild weather up there before over the years - snow, hail and everything! So I'm hoping that at least it won't rain and we can have a decent race." said Webster.

    Harrying Webster all season so far have been the always-improving Team M&M brothers-in-arms Tim and Tristan Reeves. They set the early pace in last weekend's race at Croft and Webster will be well aware that he can't let them get away to an early lead.

    "It can be a hard circuit to pass on, and if you're leading you can block out whoever is behind. We'll need a couple of good starts to make sure Reeves doesn't get away from us early on"

    "It is a hard track, but we always look forward to going there because the crowd are always so welcoming and very enthusiastic - there's always a good atmosphere there and it's the biggest event of the year for bikes at Knockhill, so there should be quite a big crowd".

    Racing in two championships - the British series and the UEM European series has given Webster and Woodhead much more track time than in recent seasons.

    This weekend will be his eighth of eighteen planned championship outings this year. Before the revitalised Eastern Airways British Championship was launched for this season, the opportunities to race in recent years have been limited to ten or so World Championship races:

    "Some weeks I just don't know what day it is! It's been a few years since we've raced almost every weekend, but we are really enjoying it. I started racing because I enjoyed it, so more has got to be better! It is taking a lot of time to keep on top of though; keeping the machine in tip-top condition requires hours in the workshop, but it's all worthwhile when we get a good result" said the 9-time World Champion.