Wildcards welcome: WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 set for British shake-up!

Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:16 GMT

As is the tradition with the Prosecco DOC UK Round, British riders will add to the action as wildcards, to get ready for the world stage!

As usual at the Prosecco DOC UK Round, more riders will feature on the grid as wildcards from domestic championships join the regular riders in a bid to show their potential. Five of the UK and Ireland’s best talents will take it to the regular WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 riders, in a bid to put on a great show for the home fans. But just who are the wildcards at the famed Donington Park circuit?

In WorldSSP, former full-time rider and current reigning British Supersport champion Jack Kennedy and wildcard teammate Brad Jones (Appleyard Macadam Integro) will join the list of full-time riders. Kennedy has masses of experience in the WorldSSP class at Donington Park, finishing inside the top ten on all but one occasion (his debut race), with a best result of 5th coming the last time he raced there. For Brad Jones, he is making his first appearance in WorldSSP. He has been a regular victory challenger in British Supersport and could well find himself inside the top ten.

Three more young British hopefuls will seek to make a good impression at Donington Park, this time in WorldSSP300. With no full-time British riders in the class, all eyes will be on Kade Verwey and Luke Verwey (Team XG Racing), as well as on Trystan Finocchiaro (Transmec KTM Racing Junior Team). Finocchiaro leads the Junior British Supersport championship with a win coming at Donington Park – albeit a different layout. Meanwhile, Kade Verwey is second in the championship and also a winner. Luke Verwey comes into the round off the back of his best result of 2019. Britain’s best youngsters will seek to cause an upset.

Throughout the years, Donington Park has proved to be a hotbed for wildcards to strut their stuff, with Neil Hodgson taking his first WorldSBK win back in 2000, as well as Tom Sykes and Cal Crutchlow achieving their first podiums in 2008, whilst former WorldSSP rider Kyle Ryde achieved his first podium in the class back in 2015.

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