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Home track boost for Spriggs at Superbike Championship

LEADING ADVANTAGE: Callum Spriggs will be looking to use his knowledge about Queensland Raceway to further extend his lead in the Supersport championship this weekend.
LEADING ADVANTAGE: Callum Spriggs will be looking to use his knowledge about Queensland Raceway to further extend his lead in the Supersport championship this weekend. Tony Obrien

QUEENSLANDER Callum Spriggs will be looking to build upon developments made in testing ahead of the third round of the Australasian Superbike Championship this weekend at Queensland Raceway.

This weekend's racing is on Spriggs' home track in the six-round series.

A recent test at the Willowbank circuit gave Spriggs increased confidence leading into this weekend's event.

After placing a heavy focus on suspension set-up and development, Spriggs is upbeat about his chances on home soil.

"Our test last week was very strong and I feel as though it has us in a very good position for the race this weekend," he said.

"The times we achieved should have us up the front based upon past events which will be a great help for the round results and championship points as a whole."

While many believe the Queensland Raceway track seems simple, Caboolture-based Callum admits a heavy focus is placed upon slip-streaming at the circuit which features six turns and four long straights.

Numerous passing opportunities ensure the riders are kept busy for the entire 3km lap.

"The 'QR' track is one that is a lot more technical than many think," Spriggs said.

"Slip-streaming is critical on the straights and a good run off turn two is essential to carry a high top speed on the longest straight on the track.

"I think it will definitely provide some great racing across the weekend in the big Supersport field."

After his success at Wakefield Park and Mallala, Spriggs continues to lead the Supersport championship.

At the season's halfway point with three rounds remaining, Spriggs expects the series to go down to the wire.

"It's a good feeling to have the championship lead in Supersport at present, however, I know the job certainly isn't complete," he said.

"The competition is tough and there are still three rounds to go so I have my mind on the job all the time preparing myself for every round.

"I think this weekend will certainly be defining in how the championship plays out so I hope to use my experience to help build upon my lead."

Event Information

  • What: Round 3 of 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship.
  • Where: Queensland Raceway, Champions Way, Willowbank.
  • When: This weekend. Superbikes and support category racing tomorrow and Sunday from 9.45am.
  • Parking: Around track allowed.
  • Tickets: Available at gate.

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