The V&M Racing Team switch their attentions to the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent this weekend, and are looking to keep the pressure on at the top of the championship standings, as the 2001 series enters the closing stages.

With just four rounds of the series remaining the V&M Team are well aware that every point is important if they are to have any chance of winning the coveted British titles.

Just twelve points separates British Supersport 600 contender, Matt Llewellyn on the V&M Racing R6 Yamaha, from series leader Kirk McCarthy on a Honda, with Suzuki mounted Karl Harris sandwiched in between just five points ahead of Leicester rider Llewellyn.

"It's getting very close at the top of the championship table," said Llewellyn, "and a good finish to the season can help win any one of us the title. I shall be giving it everything in the remaining four races to try and secure the British championship for a second year for the V&M Racing Team."

Yorkshireman David Jefferies is looking forward to continuing his battle with the new Suzuki's in the British Superstock class, at Brands Hatch. He is currently lying in second place in the championship standings on his V&M Racing R1 Yamaha, behind Australian series leader Paul Young.

"There's forty points in it at the top of the table, and it isn't over yet," he declared after winning at the last round at Cadwell Park. "Realistically though the fate of the championship is in Paul Young's hands. All I can do is to keep the pressure on and try and win the remaining races. I need him to gift me a hatful of points with a big mistake somewhere, between now and the end of the season, and the way he's been riding all season, that probably won't happen."

Team boss Jack Valentine is optimistic the Brands Hatch weekend will be a turning point in the battle for the British championships.

"I'm hoping a good result for Matt will put him right back up there at the top of the Supersport 600 table. And the way David riding at the moment, he could well pull off another surprise in the Superstock class," he said.



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