Alastair Seeley admits he will be going into the Cadwell Park round of the MCE British Superbike Championship with his sights set firmly on John Laverty as they dispute the sixth and final title shootout spot.
Only one showdown position remains available with Seeley pushing ahead of Laverty by ten points last time out at Brands Hatch with a maiden BSB victory, while his rival suffered a first DNF of the season.
A second visit of the season to Cadwell Park, Seeley is aware that Laverty has a strong record there, including a top five finish earlier in the year. Nonetheless, the Relentless Suzuki rider is hopeful he will fare better than the ninth and seventh he managed on that occasion to keep the Kawasaki rider in his sights.
"Cadwell Park is an important weekend for us for sure,” he told the BSB website. “I would be lying if I said I wasn't going to be keeping an eye on John (Laverty) and I know he was strong there earlier in the season. I have got the DVDs from the first round we had there to see where I can find some extra and check out the opposition!
“I know we struggled a bit in qualifying there before, but I think that was down to coming straight off the back of the North West 200 and my mind coming from road racing back to the track. I know that we improved our pace over the weekend though and my times in the second race were much better, so I want to pick up from there and move forward.
Although Seeley went on to blot his copybook with crashes in the remaining two races at Brands Hatch, he remains on a confidence high heading to Cadwell Park.
"Brands Hatch was a mixed weekend for me; I had the win and then it was literally back down to earth with a bump when I crashed in the other races. It was a good job I had won the race as it gave me the extra points I needed to move ahead of John as I went into the weekend one point behind but left ten points in front.
“I can't afford to make any mistakes at Cadwell Park. I need to keep John behind me or at least in my sights if I want to beat him and he is the one I really need to outscore. We haven't had a game plan until now, but we will definitely have signals between myself and the team during the races so we know what needs to be done if we want to be in with a chance of the title in the Showdown."