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Redding leads the way as Bennetts BSB returns to Donington Park

Friday, September 27 2019

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to Donington Park this weekend (4-6 October) for the penultimate round of the 2019 season, with Be Wiser Ducati teammates Scott Redding and Josh Brookes duelling for supremacy at the top of the standings and a clutch of other riders battling for a maiden championship title.

It was former MotoGP star Redding who reigned supreme in the late May Bank Holiday round at the East Midlands circuit, putting on a stunning display to take three wins from three races and lead the championship table. Redding and Brookes are joined in the final Showdown six by Tommy Bridewell, Tarran Mackenzie, Danny Buchan and Peter Hickman, and with 78 points separating the riders - and 125 available over the remaining five races - the title really is up for the taking.

The Showdown phase of the championship takes place across the last three Bennetts BSB events of the year, where only the top six riders are eligible to fight for the title. In the opening round two weeks ago at Assen, Redding produced another superb performance to claim a double victory and overtake 2015 champion Brookes in the standings. The pair are now separated by 14 points at the top of the table and this weekend promises more nail-biting action on the full Grand Prix circuit as the title fight continues, with Redding feeling confident after his performance earlier this season.

"I won three times there this year so people are really going to expect me to win, and I believe I can. Obviously weather dependent - if the weather's good I know that I've got the pace and I've only improved since I was last there so I believe we can be in contention to take wins again but we need to do the work that we do every weekend and make it the best for race day," he said 

Redding is focused on taking the title in his maiden Bennetts BSB season before he moves to the world stage with the front-running ARUBA.IT Racing team in World Superbikes in 2020. And if his current form is anything to go by, he's going to be tough to beat.

With seven different winners and 12 podium finishers so far, it's been an incredibly competitive season for the Bennetts BSB Championship - and sparks are certain to fly as it reaches its crescendo.

Four manufacturers are represented in the Showdown, with the Oxford Racing Ducati and FS-3 Kawasaki teams both making the cut for the first time alongside Be Wiser Ducati, McAMS Yamaha and Smiths Racing BMW. Three riders - Redding, Mackenzie and Buchan - are making debut appearances in the Showdown while Hickman only sneaked into the top six in the final decider at Oulton Park in September.

"We got into the Showdown, which was the first plan, and now genuinely I think we can still finish inside that top three in the championship. Assen did not go the way we wanted it to, but we still came away with 16 points - and points from both races," Hickman said.

The weekend features two headline Bennetts BSB races on Sunday plus support action from Dickies British Supersport, Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 Championships and the ever-popular British Sidecars. 

As well as the on-track action, there's plenty of opportunity for visitors to meet their favourite riders with a free pit walk on Sunday and signing sessions throughout the weekend. There's free live music in Garage 39 restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights too plus a bustling trade village, kids' attractions and much more!

Discounted adult weekend tickets are £38, with reductions for teens (13-15), but only until midday on Wednesday (2 October). Kids under 13 are free - full details of all ticket prices are available here.