Extending lead priority for Spriggs at QR

Callum Spriggs out to protect lead. Pic: Tony O'Brien

Callum Spriggs out to protect lead. Pic: Tony O’Brien

Caboolture’s Callum Spriggs will be looking to build upon developments made in testing ahead of the third round of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship this weekend at Queensland Raceway which will also act as Callum’s home event on the six round calendar.

A recent test at the Willowbank circuit has given Callum a large level of confidence leading into this weekend’s event.

After placing a heavy focus on suspension setup and development, Spriggs is upbeat about his chances on home soil and his ability to extend his Championship lead.

“Our test last week was very strong and I feel as though it has us in a very good position for the race this weekend. The times we achieved should have us up the front based upon past events which will be a great help for the round results and Championship points as a whole,” Spriggs said.

While many believe the Queensland Raceway track seems simple, Callum admits a heavy focus is placed upon slipstreaming at the circuit which features six turns and four long straights with numerous passing opportunities ensuring the riders are kept busy for the entire 3km lap.

“The QR track is one that is a lot more technical than many think, slipstreaming is critical on the straights and a good run off turn two is essential to carry a high top speed on the longest straight on the track. I think it will definitely provide some great racing across the weekend in the big Supersport field,” Spriggs added.

After his success at both Wakefield Park and Mallala, Callum continues to lead the Supersport Championship and it is a mantle he hopes to maintain after this weekend.

At the season’s halfway point with three rounds remaining after Queensland, Spriggs understands with the high level of competitiveness in the category, the series will go down to the wire.

“It’s a good feeling to have the Championship lead in Supersport at present, however I know the job certainly isn’t complete, the competition is tough and there are still three rounds to go so I have my mind on the job all the time preparing myself for every round. I think this weekend will certainly be defining in how the Championship plays out so I hope to use my experience to help build upon my lead,” Spriggs concluded.

Round three of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship will take place at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, Queensland from June 27-29.