Westmoreland to race TAS GSX-R600 at Sunflower

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James Westmoreland will make a one-off appearance for Relentless by TAS Suzuki team at the Sunflower Trophy Races on October 15/16 at Bishopscourt, Northern Ireland.

The 22-year-old runner-up in this season’s British Supersport series (riding a CAME Yamaha) will form part of a three-pronged Relentless by TAS Suzuki offensive at th event.

BSB regulars Alastair Seeley and five-time Sunflower Trophy winner Michael Laverty will spearhead the superbike attack on the County Down venue, with Westmoreland on the GSX-R600.

Team owners Hector and Philip Neill, long time supporters of the Sunflower, are delighted to bring a third British championship competitor to Bishopscourt, and as always, will be looking for some end of season silverware.

Philip Neill said: “It’s nice to continue our involvement with the supersport class at the Sunflower, where we have won a 600 race on GSX-R machinery every year since Tom Sykes rode for us in 2004.

“It’s always good to show this local event some support and by the look of things we will have some stiff opposition. James is a very talented and professional lad and I’ve been watching him for a number of years.

“It’s a one-off ride at the minute, but I always thought if the opportunity presented itself, we would like to give him a run out on a Relentless by TAS Suzuki.”

Westmoreland added: “It’s a new experience for me coming to Bishopscourt, but it will give me a taste of the 600 Suzuki and I’m really looking forward to working with such a really professional team.

“Philip has said there’s no pressure on me, although the bike looked very competitive with Ian (Lowry) in 2008, so I’ll be looking to do the best I can.”

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin