Draper team set for Silverstone

Aaron Clarke.
Aaron Clarke.

Aaron Clarke and Tommy Philp will head to Silverstone at the weekend for their debut in the 2016 Supersport and Superstock 600 championships for new team Draper Racing.

Both riders were at Donington last week to take part in the British Superbike test day, where they made final preparations to their respective bikes prior to the first race of the season.

Clarke (pictured), from Kirton, has switched machinery to Yamaha this year and is posting times faster than ever before.

He said: “I have settled well to the new Yamaha and have made some big steps forward while testing today.

“This will be my third season in the Superstock 600 class and I am setting my sights on some good results this year.

“I have to thank Drapervent for their input this year, and also Tommy and Bill Philp for their help.”

Philp, from East Kirkby, is campaigning the British Supersport championship this season.

He has made good progress with the new bike at the Donington test and is itching to get his season underway at Silverstone.

He said: “I am pleased with the way the test has gone today, the bike is running well and apart from a bit of discomfort with my shoulder that was injured a few weeks ago I am looking forward to my first race for the new team.”

The provisional timetable for Silverstone is: British Supersport championship - Friday - free practice 9.35am and 2pm; Saturday - qualifying 11am, 10-lap sprint race 5.15pm; Sunday - warm-up 10.10am, 12-lap feature race 4.15pm.

National Superstock 600 championship - Friday - free practice 9am, first qualifying 1.35pm; Saturday - final qualifying 12.15pm; Sunday - warm-up 9am, 10-lap race 11.45am.