The Motorpoint British Supersport Championship continues to lead the support class line-up and will showcase an impressive rider line up this season representing the world's leading manufacturers with defending champion Glen Richards returning to defend the number one plate for the Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph.
In the past two seasons the championship has gone down to the wire and with returning champions Alastair Seeley and Stuart Easton, plus title-winning teams Samsung Honda and Tyco Suzuki lining up on the grid with Jason O'Halloran and Taylor Mackenzie, 2013 is expected to deliver an sensational fight for the title.
The quality of the racing must be attributed to the introduction in 2011 of a MoTeC control ECU removing traction control, launch control and anti-wheelie functions levelling the class for all competitors. The electronics regulations remain the same for 2013 and the Supersport Cup will again form part of the Supersport race, with 2012 winner Glenn Irwin competing in the main championship. The Cup will allow only one wildcard entry with kit electronics before being required to conform to the control ECU regulation.
This season sees another high calibre field, with the return of 2012 race winners Ben Wilson and Billy McConnell plus experienced Superbike rider Scott Smart joining podium finisher Richard Cooper at Oxford TAG Triumph.
Riders including Leon Camier, Cal Crutchlow, Tom Sykes and Sam Lowes have all progressed from this class. Entrants in the Supersport class must be 16 years of age or over and, in principle, have a minimum of 2 years experience at National level.
Supersport Class fast facts:
Track Time: 2 x 30 minutes free practices + 1 x 30 minutes min qualifying practice, 1 qualifying day sprint race (75% feature race distance setting grid for feature race) + 10 mins raceday warm up + 25 mins feature race. Championship points awarded for both races
Highlights from the feature race for round 12 of the 2013 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship from Brands Hatch
Highlights from the sprint race for round 12 of the 2013 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship from Brands Hatch