Team Tinkler’s Norwich duo ready for Snetterton’s British Superbikes weekend
Brakes broke Norfolk hearts around Snetterton the last time British Superbikes' circus rolled into town – which means this year, Team Tinkler's riders Jake Newstead and David Gowen have even greater motivation to make their home track a happy track.
This weekend sees the Superbikes rasp around the circuit's new three-mile format with a high class international line-up, as well as a host of local riders hoping to make the most of their home race throughout the support series.
In 2010 it did not quite work out for either Newstead or Gowen. The former suffered a 140mph spill at Riches during qualifying, while a brake problem robbed Gowen of his top finish that season. So this time around, with an extra mile and five more corners, both are aiming high.
'I'm really excited…I live for it,' beamed former Sprowston High pupil Newstead, who takes on the National Superstock 600 field this weekend.
'Everyone is going to be there – it's not far to travel for once. Last year I had a really bad crash. I was really lucky I just ended up with a friction burn on my back.
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'People ask whether we'll be feeling the pressure (as it is our home race), but the excitement of success far outweighs the fear of failure. I'm more excited about doing well than I am worried about not, because at least if you try, everyone will see it.'
The 24-year-old added: 'I'm really enjoying being in the cut and thrust world of British Superbikes, but it has its drawbacks competing at such a competitive level. If you're just a little bit off the pace you find yourself a bit further down the order than you'd like.
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'I've had some good results this year – a fifth and an eighth. We've had five rounds; I was trying too hard in the first couple, and we had to travel up to Scotland most recently where I came 18th.
'So it's not my best result to lead into my home race, but I'm pretty confident we can go well at Snetterton and use all that positive energy and well wishes.'
As for East Tuddenham's Gowen, 40, he hopes for a Superstocks 1000 result that matches his first appearance around Snetterton 300 at a club race earlier in the year – where the Team Tinkler's racer set the new track's current lap record.
'No one has beaten that record I set during the race; it probably will go this weekend though I imagine – by me hopefully!' said Gowen, on board a new BMW S1000 for 2011.
'Last year I was running really well in 17th but I went off with a brake problem – that would have been my best finish of last year as well.
'But your home track does give you that little bit extra. We'll have all our friends and family that come down and people we know, and it does make a difference.'
• Tickets are still available for this weekend's action at Snetterton. Visit www.snetterton.co.uk or call 0843 453 9000 for more information.