British Talent Cup racer Rory Skinner is set to make his British championship debut next month when he makes a wild-card appearance in the BSB Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship on board a Kawasaki ZX-6R supplied by Kirkcaldy Kawasaki and supported by long term backers Bennetts and Tokheim.
The 16-year-old Scot, from Perth, will debut at his local Knockhill circuit on the weekend of 6-8 July following several successful outings on the Kawasaki in Scottish championship races.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out on the 600 and racing in front of my home fans,” said Rory. “Being part of the British Talent Cup is a great opportunity but with only six race weekends it is important to get some more meetings under my belt, especially as there are over two months to the next round.
“I rode the Kawasaki at the Scottish championship meeting at Knockhill in April and was able to put in very competitive times and win three races, despite the bike being very close to standard. We’ve since upgraded the bike to Superstock specification and at East Fortune I was able to take another win and go under the lap record. I’ve really clicked with the bike, as well as the Pirelli tyres. It is brilliant to be racing at Knockhill again. It is my local circuit and everybody there has been so helpful to me throughout my career. I am confident that I can put on a good show on my National Superstock 600 debut.”
Although initially a one-off outing at Knockhill, Skinner may look at competing in additional races, as long as they do not conflict with his British Talent Cup commitments.
“I am taking it one race at a time,” he added. “I really enjoy riding the 600, and it’s brilliant to be gaining experience of the bigger bike, but the British Talent Cup is my main championship and hopefully I’ll be in a position to be fighting for the title at the end of the season. If the opportunity is there to compete in other classes, and we are able to secure the budget to realise it, then I’ll always be interested, but I need to remain focussed on the British Talent Cup.”
The National Superstock 600 series is for riders aged 16-25 years-old and takes place alongside the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. The series draws trackside audiences in excess of 20,000 and is broadcast on the British Eurosport TV channel.
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