Tristan Palmer has been drafted in as a very late replacement for the injured Simon Andrews mid-way through this weekend's World Superbike round at Brands Hatch.

Andrews was due to ride the Lloyds Jentin Yamaha as a wild-card entrant but was forced to withdraw following free practice after discovering injuries sustained in a fall at Mallory Park earlier in the week were too serious to compete.

Nonetheless, Lloyds Jentin will continue to race after calling upon Andrews' Bennetts British Superbike rival Palmer to step into his place.

Although Palmer, who regularly races the Tena for Men Honda in the BSB, will only get his first taste of the bike in final qualifying tomorrow, he is excited about the prospect of making his debut on the world stage.

"I got a phone call at dinner time and now I am on my way down to Brands Hatch," he told the official British Superbike website. "I was coming tomorrow as a spectator but now I am going to be out there myself! It will be a steep learning curve for me as I have never raced against the WSB riders, but I know the track well and I am really excited.

"Simon should already have a good set-up on the bike so although I haven't ridden the bike this is still a great experience for me. I really don't know what to expect."