SILVERSTONE BECKONS FOR TRIUMPH TRIPLE CHALLENGE

Triumph Challenge arrives at Silverstone

Triumph Challenge arrives at Silverstone

The Triumph Triple Challenge (TTC) heads to Silverstone this weekend (28 – 30 September) for races fifteen and sixteen of the 2012 championship. After an action packed race weekend at Donington Park, for round seven of the championship, the riders move to the famous Silverstone GP circuit for round eight and the penultimate event of the year.

Local rider Daniel Fuller, from Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, will be looking to use his home knowledge to full advantage this weekend as the TTC heads to Silverstone. Home to the British Grand Prix, the circuit tests the riders’ skills with a mix of challenging corners and fast straights. Competitors will be looking to use every slipstreaming opportunity to their advantage during the weekend’s two races to maximise their overtaking chances.

The previous round at Donington Park (7-9 September) saw the South African rider, James Egan, take his first overall victory in the championship in race one. Rob Guiver took second after overtaking Chrissy Rouse just before the red flag came out on lap 8 for Tom Ward, who fell at the Melbourne Loop breaking his wrist. Richard Steadman also fell breaking his foot and will be replaced by TTC vetran Freddy Pett at Silverstone. Daniel Fuller and Sam Cox came home second and third in the Premier Class, behind Egan.

Race two saw Guiver back on the top step after some spectacular riding. Following a number of laps changing places with the Egan, Guiver was able to reclaim the lead in the closing stages of the race and hold it to the finish. Meanwhile Phil Atkinson claimed the final position of the podium. A great battle for four and fifth raged between Chrissy Rouse and Tom Weedon, with Rouse claiming fourth place. Premier class riders, Justin Batemen and Will Leaning claim second and third in the class behind Egan.

Guiver will head to Silverstone this weekend with a 66 point lead in the series. Atkinson has not given up on the championship yet and will be looking to capitalise on any mistake made by the Essex rider. South African, James Egan is still in command of the premier class, but the battle for second is very close between Piers Hutchins and David Sellers.

Tony Scott, director at T3 Racing and organiser of the TTC, said: “It’s good to be back at Silverstone, after we saw some great racing last year. Round seven saw some of the championship’s new riders really getting stuck into some great battles and it was great to see Justin Bateman claim his first podium of the year in the Premier Class.“The battle for the championship continues and it is by no means wrapped up yet by Rob. With four races left this year it will only take one mistake or mechanical failure to allow Phil to close the gap again – it’s shaping up to be an exciting last few races!”

Qualifying for the Silverstone TTC will take place on Friday afternoon, with race one on Saturday and race two on Sunday. Sunday’s racing will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

For information on how to attend the Silverstone race meeting or to download a race timetable, visit www.britishsuperbike.com

Fans can also catch up with behind-the-scenes action from the Triple Challenge via ‘Triple Torque’ on Triumph’s YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/officialtriumph

For further details of the Triumph Triple Challenge, visit www.triumphtriplechallenge.com

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