BSB: Opening race brought forward to Sunday

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The opening race of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship has been brought forward to Sunday after fears of poor weather affecting the schedule on Easter Monday.

Met office weather warnings had been in place for snow in the early hours of Monday morning, but this has since changed with heavy rain forecast instead.

With Sunday’s forecast looking more favourable, race bosses have opted to bring forward the opening race to tomorrow afternoon to take some pressure off Monday’s schedule.

The third and final free practice will now take place at 10.50 tomorrow morning for 20 minutes ahead of a 30-minute qualifying session kicking off at 11.20 ahead of the opening Bennetts BSB race which will now take place at 16.30.

Organisers have also moved Monday’s Superstock 600 race to Sunday evening to further relieve Monday’s schedule, which will now kick off at 11:15 with the British Talent Cup with conditions looking much more favourable on Monday afternoon.

Given the schedule change, organisers have confirmed that tickets for Monday’s race day are now valid for Sunday as well.

“The event management and race direction have convened and reviewed the weather forecast information available from a range of sources and there remains a risk of wehather conditions that could potentially disrupt Monday’s schedule. 

“Given this forecast, we have revised the programme to take advantage of tomorrow’s (Sunday) likely more favourable conditions to give ourselves more capability of delivering the full event contents. The situation remains under review and further amendments may be made if deemed necessary.” 


Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing