Round seven of the British Motorcycle Championships sees the V&M Racing Team return to its home circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire this weekend and, after a morale boosting performance in the last round at Thruxton, the team is in a confident mood to maintain the challenge for championship honours.

With Matt Llewellyn and David Jefferies currently lying in second place in the British Supersport 600 and British Superstock championships respectively, the team sees the Oulton Park event as a good chance to gain some ground at the top of the points tables, as the country's premier motorcycle series reaches the half way stage of the thirteen round championship.

Just twenty-one points separate Llewellyn and Honda's Kirk McCarthy in the British Supersport 600 championship, and the Leicester rider is aiming to bring his V&M Racing R6 Yamaha home at the front of the field on Sunday.

"I'm looking for another victory in the class to keep me in the hunt for the championship," he said, "A win was on the cards at Thruxton, until I had a big slide on the last lap, so I'm pretty confident we can be in a position to challenge for another win at Oulton."

Although he is sixty-five points behind runaway leader, Paul Young, in the British Superstock class, David Jefferies is also encouraged by his Thruxton performance. The Yorkshireman challenged Young and eventual race winner John Crockford for the entire race distance, before eventually snatching second place at the final chicane.

"We were closer to the Suzukis than we've ever been at Thruxton," he said, "and Oulton Park should give me another chance to mix it at the front of the field. I'm aiming to win one before the season's over, and I finished in second place at the last round at Oulton, so maybe I can go one better this time around."

With the 2001 season now at the halfway stage, team owner Jack Valentine is already formulating his plans for the 2002 season.

"With the performances our riders are putting in we've already gained some excellent coverage this year for our sponsors on satellite TV. Next year, we are aiming to move into the British Superbike championship, and capitalise on the excellent coverage it receives on BBC Grandstand," he said.



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